Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (“MTBI”) is characterized by one or more of the following: loss of consciousness, loss of memory immediately before or after the brain injury, alteration in mental state at the time of the accident, or neurological deficits. In many MTBI cases, a person may seem just fine on the surface, yet may continue to have functional problems. Persons suffering from PCS can experience significant changes in cognition and personality.
Most traumatic brain injuries cause widespread damage to the brain because the brain impacts inside the skull during the impact of an accident or collision. Additionally, diffuse axonal injury occurs when the nerve cells are torn from one another. Localized damage also occurs when the brain impacts against the skull. The brain stem, frontal lobe, and temporal lobes are especially vulnerable because of their location near bony protrusions of the skull.
An estimated 600,000 persons per year in this country suffer from a traumatic brain injury. An often cause are car accidents, including relatively “minor” impact accidents. The most common consequence of a TBI is that you have lower concentration, trouble reading, mental slowness and often sleep disruption. Also, your vision is just “not right,” and there is a sudden loss of reading speed and comprehension. Depth perception may also be dramatically worsened. Getting inadequate sleep because of muscle and soft tissue injury that often results from whiplash and this makes the effects of a potential mild traumatic brain injury much worse. What makes things more difficult is that someone with a TBI often looks perfectly normal to friends, family and even your doctor but you are a different person.
No test can prove you are injured, none can prove you are not injured. Patients often will have had a “normal” MRI scan of their brain and will have been told they are fine. But, an MRI often does not show the microscopic tearing and shearing in the brain which is believed to be the primary mechanism for injury in mild to moderate brain trauma cases.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) most often occurs when the head is suddenly accelerated and/or decelerated during an accident of some type. There may or may be a loss of consciousness and there may not even be a blow to the head. A severe whiplash after a car wreck can cause TBI.
Further symptoms of TBI may include major depression and anxiety associated with these symptoms that the TBI causes.
The Lawyers at McAleer Law can provide detailed information about brain injury accidents including traumatic brain injury. Call McAleer Law at 404-622-5337.