What is Traumatic Brain Injury?

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Any type of serious injury is cause for concern. However, due to the sensitivity of the affected area and the many effects trauma can cause, brain injuries often take the harshest toll on accident victims and their families.

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is far more than just a simple bump on the head. Damage to the brain can seriously affect not just physical and mental function but fundamentally change aspects of the victim’s personality. Coma, intracranial bleeding, and other complications can arise without timely treatment.

When a patient presents with a suspected TBI, doctors will evaluate the site of the injury and gather as much information as possible on what caused it. Traumatic brain injuries are divided into three categories based on severity:

  • Mild: Often referred to as a concussion, symptoms are usually temporary and heal with time, though monitoring is necessary.
  • Moderate: Loss of consciousness and physical and cognitive impairments more pronounced; rehabilitation likely required.
  • Severe: Prolonged loss of consciousness and significant impairment.

Regardless of the severity of a TBI, any injury to the head should be taken seriously. Patients who suffer a light concussion might not even be aware they’re hurt, but the impact of even a minor brain injury can be significant without diagnosis and proper care.

If you or a loved one sustained a brain injury due to another party’s negligence, please call Jim Leach, L.C., today at 1 (877) 526-5461 (1-877-JANJIM1) for a no-cost consultation with our Morgantown attorneys.