Traumatic brain injury (TBI), is a condition that is most often caused by blunt trauma to the head. TBI can occur during car accidents, slip and falls, work accidents, or by forceful interactions such as those that happen during sports activities.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates at least 50,000 TBI-related deaths occur in the U.S. every year. Also during that time, close to 1 million people are hospitalized with serious brain injuries. These can lead to permanent brain damage, loss of cognitive function, personality change, and death. Individuals who suffer from a TBI due to a car accident should contact an experienced car accident lawyer to learn more about their options.
A TBI injury can cause the brain to swell, bleed, or bruise. The damage to the brain leads to symptoms such as dizziness, loss of consciousness, headache, nausea, fatigue, and numbness. One of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury is a concussion. A concussion occurs when the brain crashes against the wall of the skull. Oftentimes, concussions develop after a sudden impact or blow to the head. If left untreated, concussions can lead to serious damage that impairs speech and movement.
Open and Closed Brain Injuries
An open brain injury is the result of a skull fracture. The fracture can puncture the brain causing bone to protrude out of the head. In other instances, the fracture is a hairline fracture that causes breakage but no outside damage. A closed brain injury occurs when the brain swells and produces blood clots. Although fractures do not cause these injuries, they can be just as dangerous. Open and closed brain injuries are the two primary forms of TBI.
Other Serious Injuries
Brain tearing is another form of TBI. Tearing occurs when the brain’s nervous system suffers serious damage. To combat the damage, the brain begins to swell. However, the pressure of the swelling is too much for the skull and the brain becomes injured.
Treatment for TBI
It is important to seek medical attention immediately following a car accident or blow to the head. Only a medical professional can diagnose TBI. Likewise, if you notice symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, or loss of consciousness take the person to the hospital to get a thorough medical check.
Researchers from Rutgers University have just discovered that lithium can be used to treat TBI patients. Lithium can be used to preserve healthy cells surrounding the brain to improve brain function. Rutgers scientists applied lithium and another drug, rapamycin, to healthy brain cells to preserve them. This discovery is just one of the ways researchers are trying to combat the effects of TBI.
Camden Car Accident Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Can Help You Recover Compensation for a Traumatic Brain Injury
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, the dedicated Camden car accident lawyers at DiTomaso Law can help you seek the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call us today at 856-414-0010 to schedule a free consultation at our Cherry Hill, New Jersey office, where we serve clients throughout South Jersey.