Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities. The impact on a person and his or her family can be devastating. Too often, legal websites provide browsers with a bit of information and then urge prospective clients to contact them. While we are always happy to talk to you about your case, we want this site to be an information resource for people who have had the unfortunate experience of living with a TBI.
A TBI can occur as a result of any event that causes the brain to move back and forth in the skull. When we think of “brain damage” we naturally think of blunt force trauma to the skull resulting in a fracture and/or a brain bleed. However, a TBI can occur even if there is no actual blunt force trauma to the skull. Consider the Shaken Baby Syndrome. A baby can be suffer a serious brain injury merely by being shaken.
Keeping that concept in mind, consider acceleration and deceleration forces in a car accident. Many people suffer TBI’s in car accidents despite the fact that they never hit their head on anything during the accident itself. This is called a “coup contrecoup injury.” This term describes the movement of the brain in the skull in an acceleration/deceleration accident most commonly experienced in automobile accidents, sports injuries, blast injuries and falls.
While we all appreciate that our skulls are quite hard, the brain is made of tissues with the consistency of firm pudding. So even in incidents where there is no outward signs of damage to the skull, this does not mean that the brain was not injured.
Symptoms from a TBI vary significantly from person to person. However, most commonly, TBI’s interfere with what is called “executive functioning” and can affect brain functions potentially causing problems with:
- Memory, both short and long term;
- Place and time orientation;
- Safety awareness;
- Energy (lethargy); and
- General orientation.
This is a very general list. More specific problems can be difficulty with word finding, emotional problems, difficulty with social interactions, dizziness, vertigo, difficulty multi-tasking, and unfortunately, many others.
If you have experienced any of these problems and do not feel that you have received adequate medical care, please follow up with your primary care physician or contact the Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin for a possible referral.
We hope that the information and articles here on our site will be of help to you. We understand how debilitating and disruptive a TBI can be.