What is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) refers to injuries caused by a blow or other trauma to the head or body and brain tissue is bruised, bleeding, twisted or torn. Often caused by car accidents, a lack of oxygen or swelling, TBIs can result in temporary or permanent brain damage and should be taken very seriously.
If you’ve suffered a blow to the head or body, seek medical care immediately. Even seemingly mild brain and head injuries can be dangerous.
Our brains are extremely vulnerable to injury. TBI damage may not be evident right away, but could develop later as a result of swelling or bleeding. After an injury or trauma, it’s always important to be thoroughly assessed by a qualified medical professional
How Common Are TBIs?
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of disability for people 45 years and under. An estimated 10 million people worldwide are affected annually by TBIs, with two-thirds of TBIs occurring in males.
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that deaths from road traffic incidents (primarily due to TBI) will double between 2000 and 2020, and TBI will become the third leading cause of death and disability by 2020 (WHO 2009).
Danger Signs and Symptoms of TBI
Traumatic brain injuries are classed as mild TBIs or moderate or severe TBIs. Mild TBI symptoms might be a brief change in mental status or consciousness, or show more subtle signs such as headaches, nausea, dizziness or mood swings. Severe TBI symptoms can include an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia.
In adults TBI can affect:
- Cognitive function (e.g. attention, memory, trouble speaking coherently)
- Motor function (e.g. extremity weakness, impaired coordination and balance)
- Sensation (e.g. hearing, light sensitivity, blurry vision, smell, taste, impaired perception and touch)
- Emotion (e.g. mood swings, depression, anxiety, aggression, impulse control, personality changes)
Children should be taken to emergency immediately if they’ve had a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body and show unusual symptoms such as those listed above, will not stop crying, or refuse to nurse or eat.
Learn more about the danger signs and symptoms of mild TBIs or moderate and severe TBIs, or child and infant head injuries.
How Brain & Head Injury Lawyers Can Help
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Dealing with brain and head injuries on your own can be complex and overwhelming.
If you have been affected by a TBI, an understanding lawyer specializing in brain and head injury law can help navigate you through the intricacies of TBI litigation and rehabilitation.
As TBI issues can be difficult to detect and affect brain injury survivors many years later, it’s crucial to choose a specialized expert in this area to ensure all short and long-term recovery needs are considered.
You want to choose someone who will listen to your needs, offer trustworthy advice, and fight for the compensation needed to assist with the emotional, physical and financial trauma you and your family may be facing.
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Brain & Injury Law (Collette Parsons Corrin): Experts in Brain & Head Injury Law
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With more than 35 years of experience, Brain & Injury Law (Collette Parsons Corrin) are the leading western Canadian law firm in the highly specialized area of brain injuries. We’re recognized as a leader in our industry, having successfully handled numerous brain and head injury cases throughout British Columbia.
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If you or a loved one has suffered from a brain or head injury, let us guide you through this difficult time. The sooner you get in touch with our brain and head injury law experts, the sooner we can connect you with the support you need, and begin gathering crucial information for the litigation and rehabilitation process.