A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most serious types of personal injury. According to a study by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2 million people suffer a TBI every year. The brain is one of the most vital, sensitive parts of the body. If the brain is injured, it can create a lifetime of hardship, disability, or even death. This is why it is so important to understand the causes of TBIs or other types of brain injury or damage. It is also important to call a Tucson personal injury lawyer immediately if you suspect that you or a loved one suffered a TBI as a result of someone else’s negligence.
EFFECTS OF A TBI
A traumatic brain injury occurs either from blunt force head trauma or from an object entering the skull and damaging brain tissue. Most commonly, a TBI occurs when rapid motion causes the brain to collide with the skull. This leads to bruising of brain tissue and can even rupture blood vessels.
A TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe. A mild traumatic brain injury is also referred to as a concussion. Symptoms of a TBI include brief loss of consciousness, headache, and ringing in the ears. In more severe cases, the victim may enter a vegetative state. If brain damage affected parts of the brain that control movement, the victim may even wake up paralyzed, leading to lifelong impairment. A TBI can also be a cause of wrongful death if there is second head trauma or if the damage from the initial injury was severe enough.
BRAIN DAMAGE DUE TO MALPRACTICE
Although TBIs are a result of head trauma or other sudden trauma to the brain tissue, there are other types of brain injury. These are a result of damage to the brain due to a loss of blood flow or other causes besides blunt force trauma. Medical malpractice will result in this type of brain injury more often than it will result in a typical TBI.
There are many medical errors that may result in brain damage. These include: ● Medication errors and overdoses ● Failure to diagnose or incorrect diagnosis ● Infection caused by surgery ● Errors during brain-related surgeries
Any brain injury that occurs due to medical malpractice should be dealt with through prompt legal action.