Traumatic & Cerebral Hypoxia Brain Injury
The two most common forms of brain injuries are traumatic and cerebral hypoxia.
Traumatic Brain Injury:
A traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) is a sudden, physical damage to the brain that is often caused by the head forcefully hitting an object or by something piercing the skull. The major causes of head trauma include: motor vehicle accidents, falls, trips, defective products, work injuries, sporting accidents and battery by one person on another. Traumatic brain injuries affect hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Several hundred thousand die annually from brain injuries and even those who survive have many problems which undermine their ability to lead a normal life. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury are confusion, disorientation, slurred speech, inability to focus, periods of loss of consciousness and failed memory. Brain injuries can be recognized by headache, nausea, confusion, depression, irritability, change in personality or other emotional problems. Immediate treatment should be sought by a physician if any of the above conditions are observed after a trauma.
Cerebral Hypoxia Brain Injury:
A cerebral hypoxia brain injury is caused by deprivation of oxygen to brain tissue. Drowning, strangling, choking, suffocation, blackouts, cardiac arrest, carbon monoxide poisoning, chemical affixation and complications of general anesthesia can create conditions that can lead to cerebral hypoxia. Symptoms of mild cerebral hypoxia include: inattentiveness, poor judgment, memory loss, and a decrease in motor coordination. Brain cells are extremely sensitive to oxygen deprivation and can begin to die within minutes after the supply of oxygen has been cut off. When hypoxia lasts for longer periods of time, it can cause coma, seizures, and even brain death. In brain death, basic life functions such as breathing, blood pressure, and cardiac function are preserved, but there is no consciousness or response to the world around.
No amount of compensation can repair such a tragic injury, but a monetary recovery can help to alleviate the enormous financial burden and disruption to a family that a brain injury can cause.
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Links and Resources:
- The Merck Online Medical Library
- Living With Traumatic Brain Injuries Video, University of Washington
- Brain Injury Association of America