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Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

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In March, we observe Brain Injury Awareness Month

People are hurt in personal injury accidents every year in San Antonio and communities throughout Bexar County, Texas. The lives of victims can change in just seconds. Suddenly, they need medical attention, and the expenses for treatment can add up very quickly. They may also have suffered an injury that can have long-last effects.

Some of the most severe injuries people can suffer are traumatic brain injuries (TBI). A TBI is an injury to the brain caused by a sharp blow or jolt to the head. Because the brain affects how we move, think, and communicate, a TBI can significantly impact the lives of victims and even lead to a permanent disability.

What causes TBI?

People can suffer brain injuries in many types of accidents, including car accidents, falls, explosions, or falling objects. These accidents can cause brain trauma from an open-head injury or closed-head injury.

An open or penetrating head injury occurs when an object pierces the skull. A closed or non-penetrating head injury occurs when a person strikes their head against an object, is struck in the head by an object, or experiences a rapid movement of the head (such as during a car crash).

Physical symptoms of a TBI include headache, seizures, blurred or double vision, pupil dilation, nausea and vomiting, slurred speech, muscle weakness, and loss of balance. Cognitive/behavioral symptoms include loss of consciousness, confusion, disorientation, memory problems, irritability, and changes in sleep patterns.

Diagnosing and treating TBI

Diagnosis of a TBI typically involves a neurological exam, imaging tests such as a CT scan or MRI, and neuropsychological tests such as the Glasgow Coma Scale.

Treatment for a TBI will depend on its severity. A mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also called a concussion, may only require rest, over-the-counter pain relievers, and monitoring by a doctor. Treatment for a moderate or severe TBI may involve the use of several medications, physical and cognitive therapies, psychological counseling, and in some cases, surgery.

Medical expenses for the diagnosis and continuing treatment of a TBI can add up quickly and become overwhelming. This can lead to financial stress, especially if you are unable to work because of your injury. But if a negligent party caused the accident that left you hurt, you shouldn’t have to pay.

Let a San Antonio personal injury attorney protect your rights

Recovering financial compensation after a personal injury accident can be very complicated. The party that caused the accident may deny doing anything wrong and may even try to blame you for what happened.

The other party’s insurance company may deny liability – or will use several different tactics to try to limit your compensation. For example, they may question the seriousness of your injuries. Or they’ll offer you a financial settlement that falls far short of covering all of the damages you suffered.

If you suffered a TBI from an accident in the San Antonio area, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer who knows how to fight. At The Herrera Law Firm, our attorneys have been fighting for the injured for decades. We know how to build strong cases that hold negligent parties accountable and can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Don’t delay - learn more about how we can help with your potential legal case. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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