Traumatic Brain Injury

All of us know how busy our Austin highways can get. More and more people are moving in and as a result, more cars are on the road. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, our Austin brain injury lawyers at Funk & Associates can help you.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injuries occur in many car accidents. It occurs when the brain is injured by trauma or sudden force. A sudden blow can drive the brain to the side of the skull. The force of whiplash can also trigger a brain injury. A brain injury can result in swelling and bruising. In some cases, the impact can cause the blood vessels inside of the brain to tear. This can result in intracranial bleeding. Here at our Austin personal injury law firm, we have noticed that the most traumatic brain injuries result from a person’s head hitting the pillar of the car, headrest, windshield or steering wheel.

If the skull itself is damaged, then the trauma will be considered a penetrating head injury. Closed-head injuries, which occur when the brain is injured by the skull is not damaged, are even more difficult to diagnose. This can occur from whiplash, impact or blow.

Determining If You Have Brain Injury

It is important to study the symptoms that one experiences after the accident in order to accurately diagnose the condition. Anyone who has had whiplash-like injuries or experienced a blow to the head should be seen by a healthcare professional. Some people may only experience slight symptoms. However, the symptoms may worsen if a person does not get treatment. A person may not experience symptoms for hours.

Traumatic brain injuries can cause life-threatening events that often result in irreversible and permanent brain damage. It can lead to impaired communication skills, paralysis, seizures and many other problems. Sometimes, the symptoms are obvious, such as a coma. However, the symptoms may sometimes be more subtle, such as changes in emotional behavior. TBI can have a major impact on a person’s ability to work, quality of life and ability to interact with others. It can also result in a loss of normal skills.

For more information on Traumatic Brain Injuries, you can go the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website. Here is a link to the CDC‘s TBI section. If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury here in Austin, contact our Austin Brain Injury Lawyer. We’ll be happy to discuss your options with you.

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