Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused when an outside force causes temporary, and sometimes permanent, brain dysfunction. Although TBI may sometimes be caused by slip and falls or blows to the head, this injury is also a common occurrence in motor vehicle collisions.
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information one of the top reasons Canadians visited emergency departments between 2010 and 2011 was due to trauma. Most frequently persons between the ages of 20 to 44 were admitted for traumatic injuries.
In 2010 the Ontario Road Safety Annual Report specified that more than 215,000 reported collisions occurred, of which more than 44,000 caused injuries. The same report shows that more than 700 hospitalizations were due to head fractures and intracranial injuries.
Traumatic brain injury is one of many injuries a person may suffer from after a vehicle crash. Our personal injury lawyers can help you fight for your rights.
Causes of TBI
Traumatic brain injury may sometimes fall under central nervous system injuries as any sort of brain trauma could lead to cognitive and behavioral changes. Violence, such as a blow to the head, is one of the reasons a person may experience TBI, other common causes include:
Traumatic brain injuries could be non-penetrating and penetrating injuries and they are also often classified as mild, moderate, and severe injuries. Anyone who is involved in a car accident may experience all of these types of injuries.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Depending on the type of traumatic brain injury a person experiences, the symptoms may vary. For example, children suffering from TBI may be inconsolable, their eating or nursing habits may change, and they may lose the ability to pay attention.
Some mild symptoms adults may experience:
- Memory or loss of concentration
- Loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes
- A state of being dazed or confused
- Sensory problems such as blurred vision or ringing in the ears
A mild traumatic brain injury could cause many or all of these symptoms, in some cases a person may be fatigued but also have difficulty sleeping. If a person has a more severe head injury they may feel:
- Agitated or combative
- Loss of consciousness for several minutes to hours
- Slurred speech
- Persistent headaches
- Convulsions or seizures
- Muscle weakness
- One or both pupils may be dilated
- Loss of coordination
- Fluid drainage from the nose or ears
Neurological exams and computed tomography (CT) scans are commonly used to diagnose the type of injury sustained. If anyone is suffering from these symptoms they should seek medical attention immediately.
Preventing Traumatic Brain Injuries
The use of proper safety equipment can aid in preventing head injuries among those who play sports or work in hazardous fields. As car collisions are a primary source of head trauma, drivers and passengers should wear their seat belts, use child safety seats, and consider driving a vehicle that has airbags. Motorcycle riders and bicyclists should also always wear helmets to prevent injuries.
Contact our Traumatic Brain Injury Legal Team Today
Each year hundreds of people suffer from traumatic brain injuries at the hands of negligent drivers and companies. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and has suffered from traumatic brain injury, our lawyers may be able to help you pursue legal action.
At the law offices of Greg Monforton and Partners we have been providing personal injury victims effective legal counsel for more than 25 years. Our legal team believes in fighting for the rights of the injured and we will work hard to help you through your ordeal.
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