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Traumatic Brain Injury FAQs

What is traumatic brain injury?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain. Symptoms of a TBI can range from mild to severe depending on the severity of the damage done to the brain.

What are the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury?

Experts say a person with a mild TBI may remain awake or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. Other symptoms of mild TBI include:

A person with a moderate or severe TBI may show these same symptoms, but may include:

How many people per year suffer from traumatic brain injury?

At least 1.4 million Americans sustain some type of traumatic brain injury. Of these, about 50,000 die, 235,000 are hospitalized, and 1.1 million are treated and released.

What are some complications of a traumatic brain injury?

How are TBIs treated?

Anyone with signs of moderate or severe TBI should receive immediate medical attention. Typically, little can be done to reverse the initial brain damage caused by trauma, but medical personnel focus on preventing further injury. Primary concerns include:

Various imaging tests help in determining the diagnosis and prognosis of a TBI patient. Patients with mild to moderate injuries may receive skull and neck X-rays to check for bone fractures or spinal instability. For moderate to severe cases, the imaging test is a CT scan. Moderately to severely injured patients receive rehabilitation that involves individually tailored treatment programs in the areas of:

What is the prognosis for TBI patients?

According to experts, approximately half of severely head-injured patients require surgery to remove or repair ruptured blood vessels or contusions. Disabilities resulting from a TBI depend upon the severity of the injury, the location of the injury, and the age and general health of the individual. Some common disabilities include:

More serious head injuries may result in:

What research is being done?

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) conducts TBI research in laboratories and supports TBI research through grants to major medical institutions across the U.S. This research involves studies in the laboratory and in clinical settings to better understand TBI. This research will allow scientists to develop strategies and interventions to limit the primary and secondary brain damage that occurs within days of a head trauma.

How are TBI victims compensated?

The kind of damages that can be awarded to TBI victims differ from case to case as no two injuries are the same. In addition to the medical, hospital and rehabilitation expenses, courts also evaluate:

Contacting an Oklahoma personal attorney at the time of the accident, or as soon as knowledge of a TBI exists, is crucial in ensuring the protection of legal rights associated with TBI injuries.

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