Brain Injuries/TBI Explained

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Any impact—even a minor one—can cause brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are typically caused by direct blows to the head, but also can be the result of oxygen deprivation or a forceful impact to the body that causes the brain to be shaken inside the skull .

Common injury-causing events include:

After a TBI, some of our clients have had to learn how to walk, talk, and feed themselves again. Some are not able to work and depend on their families to care for their every need. Others with brain injuries suffer distinct and long-term changes in mood and personality, which can effect their relationships with those who knew them before the accident.

 

Signs & Symptoms

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) symptoms may appear immediately or occur slowly over time. In some cases, symptoms that seem mild or insignificant at first may evolve, becoming serious or even life-threatening within hours or days. That’s why the North Carolina traumatic brain injury lawyers at Henson Fuerst recommend that you seek medical help immediately after experiencing any head injury.

Symptoms vary widely depending on the type, severity, and location of the injury to the brain and may include, but are not limited to:

  • blurred or double vision,
  • difficulty concentrating or speaking,
  • difficulty walking or coordinating fine movements,
  • dizziness,
  • excessive fatigue,
  • excessive sleepiness,
  • immediate and persistent headache,
  • loss of consciousness,
  • memory loss,
  • seizures,
  • tremors,
  • and vomiting or feeling nauseated.

If you or someone you love has experienced or is experiencing any of these symptoms and suffered a head injury, our North Carolina brain injury attorneys are here to help.

Location of Your Brain Injury

As the victim of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it’s important to consider how the location of the injury in the brain can affect the symptoms and problems that may result.

There are five primary sections of the brain: parietal, frontal, occipital, temporal, and cerebellum. Each section controls specific brain functions. The location of an injury in the brain is therefore highly predictive of the types of problems victims of TBIs may experience. For example:

  • Injury to the Frontal Lobe: This type of injury may affect your ability to focus, organize, and plan. It may also cause mood or personality changes.
  • Injury to the Temporal Lobe: This type of injury may impact your memory.
  • Injury to the Cerebellum: This type of injury may impact your balance and equilibrium. It may also affect your motor skills.
  • Injury to the Occipital Lobe: This type of injury may impact your vision.
  • Injury to the Parietal Lobe: This type of injury may affect your visual attention, perception, and sense of touch.

It’s rare that the effects of an injury will be limited to a single, focused part of the brain or to a single type of symptom. The delicate nerves of the brain, which allow various parts of the brain to communicate with each other, can be easily damaged and torn.

Seek Immediate Care

Any brain injury has the potential to cause a variety of problems, many of which may not become apparent until well after the date the injury occurred. If you suffered a TBI, the North Carolina traumatic brain injury lawyers at Henson Fuerst are here to make sure you get the treatment you need.

Get Henson Fuerst

If you suffered a TBI as the result of someone else’s negligence, you need Henson Fuerst. Thousands of people across North Carolina have made Henson Fuerst their first choice when they’ve been injured—find out why by calling (919) 781-1107 or by completing a free initial consultation form. Talk to a member of our experienced team today.

Our North Carolina brain injury lawyers want to ensure that you and your family have access to appropriate medical treatment and get the maximum possible recovery.