A serious brain injury, often referred to as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), is a condition resulting from a significant impact or trauma to the head. Such injuries can vary in severity, but they are typically characterized by the following factors:
- Loss of Consciousness: A serious brain injury may involve a loss of consciousness, which can range from a few seconds to an extended period. If an individual loses consciousness for an extended time, it is often an indicator of a severe TBI.
- Amnesia: Memory loss or amnesia regarding the events leading up to or following the injury is common in serious brain injuries.
- Neurological Symptoms: Individuals with a severe TBI may experience significant neurological symptoms such as seizures, paralysis, loss of coordination, and speech difficulties.
- Persistent Symptoms: Symptoms may persist for an extended period, sometimes indefinitely. These can include headaches, cognitive impairments, mood changes, and behavioral changes.
- Impaired Functionality: A severe TBI can result in long-term impairment of an individual’s physical, cognitive, and emotional functions, potentially affecting their ability to work, perform daily tasks, or maintain relationships.
- Structural Damage: Imaging tests like CT scans or MRIs may reveal structural damage to the brain, such as bleeding, contusions, or swelling.
It’s important to note that the severity of a brain injury can vary widely. Mild to moderate TBIs, such as concussions, may not always involve the above characteristics, but they can still have a significant impact on an individual’s life. In cases of a serious brain injury, medical attention is critical for diagnosis and treatment, and long-term care may be necessary.
Woron and Dhillon, LLC, in Columbia, SC, can provide legal assistance and guidance to individuals who have suffered serious brain injuries due to the negligence or actions of others. They can help you understand your rights and pursue compensation for the damages and losses associated with such injuries.