A head injury consists of damage to the scalp, skull, or brain that is caused by a traumatic event. A head injury can take the form of anything from a minor bump on the skull to a devastating brain injury.
When a brain injury occurs as a result of another person’s negligent or reckless actions, the victim could be entitled to compensation. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury, contact us today to arrange a consultation.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) cause a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability in the U.S. every year. According to the CDC, at least 5.3 million Americans require long-term care as a result of these injuries. Brain injuries are generally classified into two categories: mild and severe.
A brain injury is considered mild when a person suffers loss of consciousness, confusion, and disorientation for a period shorter than 30 minutes. Symptoms of mild brain injuries include headaches, cognitive problems, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings, difficulty thinking, and frustration. Three-quarters of brain injuries are concussions or other mild forms of TBI.
A severe brain injury is one that results in a loss of consciousness lasting more
than 30 minutes and a loss of memory lasting longer than 24 hours. Severe brain
injuries can cause anything from the impairment of cognitive functions to comatose
states. Severe brain injury victims may also experience decreased function in their
extremities, abnormal speech, or emotional problems.