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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)*: It can occur in a variety of ways. TBI can occur when there is a rapid acceleration and deceleration of the brain as in whiplash or shaken baby syndrome. This type of injury is sometimes referred to as a "closed head injury". TBI can also result when the head comes into contact with another object as in a motorcycle accident or a blow to the head.

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Unlike a closed head injury where it may not be possible to tell that the person is injured just by looking at them, this type of TBI usually has outward manifestations of injury such as a skull fracture. The injuries that result from TBI can be long lasting and sometimes difficult to prove, especially when there aren't outward physical manifestations of the injury. In fact, a mild traumatic brain injury can be sustained, yet routine neurological examinations will be normal.

Someone who has suffered a TBI may experience physical, cognitive and behavioral problems. Physical symptoms that result from TBI include lethargy, fatigue, headache, vision problems, and sleep disturbance. Cognitive problems that may be due to TBI include inability to concentrate or pay attention, difficulty with memory, difficulty with planning, and trouble either understanding or producing speech. Behavior problems resulting from TBI include, mood swings, irritability, and lack of inhibition. Many of these problems may be attributed to depression, when they are in fact a result of the TBI. This is especially true in instances of mild traumatic brain injury since there may be little other evidence of physical injury.

For that reason it can be hard for a person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury to recover adequate damages for their injuries. It can be difficult to prove the lasting physical effects of TBI to the satisfaction of a judge or jury when there are no apparent physical injuries and when neurological exams return normal results.

Because of this it is a good idea to consult with an attorney who has experience with traumatic brain injury cases. An attorney with prior experience in this area is more likely to be aware of the multitude of long-term effects that can plague a TBI victim. He or she also has experience with effective methods of proving the impact of these effects to juries.

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