Arkansas Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury that results from trauma or blunt force to the head which damages one or several areas of the brain. Traumatic brain injuries are commonly caused by slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents, work related accidents, assaults, and many other accidents.

In many cases, clients may suffer internal injuries to their brains that are not evident through typical diagnostic procedures. For example, a broken bone or torn muscle will show up on an x-ray or MRI, but an injury to the brain may not.

Injures to the brain can also occur even if there is no physical trauma to the head. The brain floats inside the skull much like the yolk inside an egg. When you are suddenly jolted, such as in an accident, your head and body move rapidly which can cause your brain to strike the inside of your skull and result in an injury even with no physical trauma to your head.

Another way brain injuries occur is due to lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain. In these cases, there may be no violent collision, but rather an accident that has resulted in significant blood loss or flow. This can prevent the brain from receiving the necessary blood and oxygen to sustain cell life.

Often, clients are not aware of this possible damage at first and they fail to correctly inform their physician of symptoms related to this injury. They hope problems like those outlined below will get better instead of worse. The result can be a serious injury with serious future consequences. The passage of time before detection of the problems can complicate or even eliminate the chances of fair compensation. It is important to secure assistance from experts that are skilled in diagnosing brain injuries. Often symptoms may include:

  1. Headaches, especially after physical exertion or sudden changes in lighting;
  2. Aversion to bright light;
  3. Forgetfulness;
  4. Sudden mood swings;
  5. Failure to appreciate dangerous conditions (i.e. the house is on fire);
  6. Decrease in fine motor skills;
  7. Changes in short or long term memory;
  8. Lethargy;
  9. Change in grades or job performances; and
  10. Changes in personality.

If you have suffered an injury, the best thing to do is ask a family member or friend if they have noticed any of the above symptoms or changes since your injury. Ludwig Law Firm has handled numerous cases involving traumatic brain injuries and can help you get diagnosis, treatment, and fair compensation. Please contact us promptly so we may review your case and options with you.