No such thing as TMI when it comes to TBI

Most people in New York and elsewhere are familiar with the acronym that signifies "too much information" as TMI. However, when it comes to TBI (traumatic brain injury) the more information a victim obtains the better. Understanding what happens to a brain upon impact, and understanding what types of treatment may help achieve as full a recovery as possible can help athletes, military veterans or those injured in motor vehicle collisions.

Such catastrophic injuries often require multiple surgeries and/or lifelong treatment and special needs care. If your spouse or child suffers a partial or full disability due to a brain injury that another person's recklessness or negligence caused, then learning as much as you can about the brain and how blunt force trauma can affect it may help.

Difference between primary and secondary injuries

Even a seemingly mild bump on the head can cause substantial and lasting harm to the brain. In order for neurologists (brain doctors) to know how best to proceed to help a brain injury patient, they must first determine whether the injury is primary or secondary. Here are the basics that typically help classify an injury as one or the other:

  • Primary injuries occur upon impact.
  • A dent or crack in the skull is a primary injury.
  • Damage to neurons or axons often causes loss of consciousness. This type of primary injury may be difficult to see on a scan.
  • Bruising or bleeding in a localized area is a common type of primary injury.
  • Lack of oxygen to the brain or pressure buildup over time causes secondary injuries that require different treatment.

Various types of scales and tests exist to measure type and severity of an injury. Depending upon results of such tests, doctors and other medical staff members can determine an appropriate course of treatment. As a primary caregiver for your loved one, you may find yourself experiencing a wide range of emotions from sorrow, worry and frustration; along with anger (especially if someone's negligence resulted in your spouse or child's suffering).

Navigating the healthcare system, workers' compensation program or civil justice resources can be complicated and stressful. During such times, assistance from an experienced injury attorney could provide you with a great asset. Families often find themselves completely unprepared to meet exorbitant medical expenses and other costs associated with a traumatic brain injury. Relying on experienced guidance can help alleviate stress and obtain justice on a recovering victim's behalf.

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