Oxygen-deprivation Brain Injuries
There are two main types of oxygen-deprivation brain injuries.
- Anoxia is caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain. Within a relatively short time – as little as a few minutes – cell death begins, which can result in serious functional damage to different brain systems and possible death. There are different kinds of anoxia, which include anoxic (standard anoxia), anemic (blood isn’t carrying oxygen), and toxic (toxins are blocking oxygen use), among others. Severe brain injuries at birth, and accidental drownings which result in cerebral palsy, are commonly caused by anoxia.
- Hypoxic brain injury is similar to anoxia, except that the oxygen deprivation is not absolute. With a Hypoxic brain injury, the patient receives some oxygen, but the levels can be so low that over a longer period of time, cell death still can occur. The eventual cell death, if left untreated, may also produce functional damage in the patient and possibly death. This injury is also often associated with drowning and birthing injuries.
How to Avoid Brain Injuries
Often, traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be avoided.
Yet it remains one of the most common, costly, and disabling injuries in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It says TBIs account for approximately 2.2 million emergency room visits, 280,000 hospitalizations, and 50,000 deaths annually.
What Causes Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries are caused by an impact or jolt to the head. Though these injuries can occur in many different types of settings, some of the most common accidents that lead to brain injury cases include…
- Vehicle accidents (including car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents)
- Workplace accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Negligent childcare
- Sports-related accidents.
If one of the causes listed above applies to your situation, then you should consider exploring your legal options to seek compensation for the costs of your traumatic brain injury. If your injury was caused in another setting but still stems from someone’s careless or reckless behavior, you are well within your rights to pursue payment.
Let us help you find the path forward. Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with our Houston brain injury attorneys.
If you’ve suffered a serious brain injury that was someone else’s fault, you deserve compensation for the financial costs of their careless actions. But these cases are about more than getting payment for medical expenses and lost income.
Traumatic brain injuries affect us in fundamental ways. They affect the way we think, remember, and behave. They impact our relationships with loved ones. Brain injuries can cause depression, anxiety, and several other psychological problems. Every single one of these consequences should be examined by an attorney handling your brain injury case.
Our brain injury attorneys know that clients deserve payment that reflects all the costs of their brain injury. We also know that finding a path forward after a brain injury requires more than legal representation. It requires a support network. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we use our network of professionals to make sure clients get the help they need to move forward.
Signs Of A Brain Injury
Brain injuries affect victims differently depending on several factors, but a few of the most common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include…
- Persistent headaches
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Blurred or double vision
- Ringing in ears
- Chronic fatigue
- Mood swings
- Changes in behavior
- Impaired memory
- Difficulty processing language
- Slurred speech
- Loss of consciousness
- Numbness in extremities
- Enlarged pupils
If someone is demonstrating any combination of the above symptoms, they should seek immediate medical care to test for brain injuries.
The Nature of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can affect a victim’s ability to think, feel, and communicate. They may be closed or open (skull fracture). Most are caused by an external force. Many forms of brain injury can be associated with personal injury cases (e.g., motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-falls), criminal acts (e.g., assault and battery), and workplace accidents.
Traumatic brain injuries include concussions, contusions, diffuse axonal injuries, and penetration injuries. If you or someone you love suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, an experienced brain injury lawyer with Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law can help protect your legal rights.
The Impact of a Brain Injury
A brain injury victim might suffer from mild persistent effects of their TBI, or they could have a life completely altered by a brain injury. Serious brain injury victims might be affected in the following ways…
- Cognitive impairment
- Memory loss
- Inability to read, speak, or process language
- Dramatic changes to personality
- Isolation and withdrawal from loved ones
- Physical disability.
Even so-called mild brain injuries can have lingering effects on a victim that last for the rest of their life. In the most severe cases, traumatic brain injuries can completely incapacitate a victim or lead to death. The people closest to the brain injury victim are usually the most familiar with how an injury has affected their loved one.
Suffering any form of brain injury from an accident is serious, and often tragic. When adults or children endure brain damage, doctors don’t know whether their behavior will change or they will develop some sort of personality or cognitive disorder. The prognosis in either case can be elusive. And the expense of coping with permanent brain damage can run into the millions of dollars in some cases and last the rest of their life.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we believe that the best way to understand how an injury has impacted our client is to speak with loved ones. We want to find out how an injury has changed them and how it has impacted their relationships and quality of life. It’s vital that attorneys understand the depths of a brain injury to make sure clients get the payment they deserve.
Types of Severe Brain Injuries
There are several primary classifications of traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s):
- Concussions are the most common form of TBI. These closed brain injuries are caused by direct impact trauma to the head: suffering a fall; getting punched, kicked, shot, or shaken; whiplash in a car crash; or other accidents. One does not have to lose consciousness to suffer a concussion. Some present with non-obvious symptoms: confusion, dizziness, foggy mind. If you’ve suffered any form of direct impact trauma to your head and think you may have had a concussion, see a doctor. Severe concussions can produce permanent damage.
- Diffuse axonal injury is caused by severe shaking or rotational forces which create tears in the brain structure as the skull shears the brain’s edges. This tearing causes neuro-chemical disruptions within the brain which could become permanent and lead to coma or death. Symptoms depend on which brain structures are torn. There may be motor function disruption, memory loss, motor sensation disruption, olfactory disruption, and more. Anyone can suffer a diffuse axonal brain injury, though it is commonly called “shaken baby syndrome.”
- Penetration injuries are caused by sharp objects forcefully entering the skull and brain. When the object goes through the brain, there may be lost tissue (which exits the skull), shearing, tearing, and rupturing of tissue. One who survives this potentially fatal injury will display profoundly negative, long-term effects.
- Contusions localized bleeding into the brain, are also associated with direct impact trauma to the head. Contusions may need to be surgically removed, as a potentially fatal blood clot often forms at the contusion site. Contusions may also occur apart from the direct impact site when the force of impact is so great that the brain slams into the opposite side of the skull, creating a second contusion on that opposite impact area.
Non-TBI’s resulting from oxygen deprivation can have the same long-term effect on patients.
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The Need for an Experienced Brain Injury Attorney in Houston
Severe accidents causing traumatic brain injuries are often accompanied by spinal cord injuries. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we have the resources and experience to handle cases involving a variety of brain injury cases.
Terry Bryant is a former judge and a Board Certified personal injury trial lawyer (by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization) in Texas. He and his handpicked team know how to get results for clients. It’s our job to understand how a brain injury has impacted your life, so we can fight for the payment you deserve. We also want to get you the help you need to rebuild your life.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, our legal professionals want to meet with you to discuss your injury. We will listen to you and your loved ones so we can understand your experiences. We also want to help you understand your legal options and give you our initial assessment of your case. Contact an experienced brain injury attorney by calling 1 (800) 444-5000 or complete our free initial consultation form today.