The Impact of a Traumatic Brain Injury

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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when your head is hit with significant force, or when something causes your head to forcefully and quickly move. A TBI may not be accurately diagnosed immediately after the injury, but it can have significant, long-lasting effects.

Common causes of TBI

The following are some of the most common causes of TBI:

  • Falls
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Being hit by an object
  • Assaults/abuse

Common symptoms of TBI

TBIs can cause ongoing problems, including the following;

  • Persistent headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Impaired walking, speaking, or hearing
  • Reduced ability to concentrate and remember
  • Intolerance of bright lights or loud noises
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep issues
  • Epilepsy

Types of traumatic brain injury

Types of traumatic brain injury are usually divided into two kinds: open and closed.
  • Open TBI

When the skull is broken, fractured or penetrated, it’s considered an open TBI. It can be caused by a foreign object (such as a bullet or knife) that enters the skull and brain. A skull fracture, in which a piece of the skull penetrates the brain, is one of the most common types of open brain injury. This type of injury can be fatal, and if not, it can cause ongoing issues that are related to the area of the brain that’s been damaged.

  • Closed TBI

This type of injury occurs when an outside force impacts the head, but the skull isn’t broken. One of the most common types is a concussion. This occurs when the brain is battered or violently shaken, causing it to slide back and forth against your skull. You may lose consciousness, but not always. Symptoms may develop immediately, but they can also be delayed.

Get the Help You Need

The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona offers support and information for people and families affected by TBI. If you’ve suffered a TBI due to someone’s negligence or actions, contact the best personal injury attorneys in Phoenix at Lerner & Rowe for a free consultation to help you decide whether to file a claim.