Traumatic Brain Injury | Lenahan Law Firm Blog
While we all know there is a chance we might be involved in a car accident, or slip at the swimming pool and slam into the wet pavement, most of us go through life assuming we will never suffer serious injuries.
The truth is, you could very well suffer a permanent brain injury in the blink of an eye. After all, there are countless ways that your brain could become injured.
One of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries is a concussion. Concussions occur when a person suffers a strong blow to the head or some other impact that causes the head to violently snap in any direction. While lighter blows to the head are often absorbed by the brain’s surrounding cerebrospinal fluid, harder impacts cause the brain to bounce around or twist within a person’s skull, damaging brain cells and prompting chemical changes in the brain.
Often occurring in contact-sports such as football and hockey, this type of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) can also occur during vehicle collisions, construction accidents, and slip and falls. Despite their classification as a mild injury, concussions can have serious effects and must be treated immediately to prevent long-term damage.
Recognized as one of the most serious injuries, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often lurks below the surface, sometimes taking days or weeks to appear after an accident. It is for this reason that many victims often go without compensation and find themselves dealing with the aftermath completely on their own.