Brain Injury FAQs
At the Blackwell Law Firm, our attorneys have handled many traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases. We understand TBI cases can be complex. TBI injuries are too often undiagnosed and untreated. We hope these questions and answers provide some basic information for your research. For more reading, we have a detailed section on our website devoted to TBI issues. We also frequently write and publish articles to our law firm blog on the topic. If you or a family member suffer from a TBI, we also offer free and confidential case consultations. We are happy to provide information and answers.Traumatic Brain Injuries in Alabama
- Are Traumatic Brain Injuries common?
- What are some common symptoms of TBI?
- How are TBI claims different from typical personal injury cases?
- Can a “mild” TBI cause permanent problems or disabilities?
- My CT or MRI was normal? Can I still have a brain injury?
- The Emergency Room did not diagnose a TBI?
- Can I suffer a TBI without a loss of consciousness?
- I did not suffer an impact to the head. Is it still possible to suffer a TBI?
Yes. In 2016, I wrote a blog article about TBI data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At that point in time, the data indicated 2.5 million people visited emergency rooms annually for a TBI. That’s a tremendous number of injuries. You can read that article (and many other TBI articles) on the Blackwell Law Firm blog.
A TBI can present several symptoms. The initial or apparent symptoms following an accident may include unconsciousness, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, headache or vision changes. Other symptoms may be less obvious. These can include difficulty concentrating, problems remembering new information, confusion, mood or personality changes, sleeping more or less than usual, irritability, nervousness, unusual anxiety, sensitivity to light or noise, feelings of sadness, emotional displays, difficulty choosing words, or difficulty performing daily tasks. Family and close friends are often the best people to detect TBI symptoms.
TBI claims are different for several reasons. First, the patient often looks normal. Second, TBI cases are often not diagnosed by the initial medical providers. Third, many people do not understand the problems and treatment associated with a TBI. This includes medical professionals who often do not understand the symptoms or care needed in these specialized injuries. These issues require a skilled attorney who understands the science and advocacy needed to present these claims. At the Blackwell Law Firm blog you will find numerous articles about these unique cases.
Yes. While many TBI patients fully recover, some do not. The term “mild” is often used as a medical description for TBI but it is misleading. A significant percentage of mild TBI patients can experience long-term or permanent problems. These problems can be substantial and can impact the ability of the person to work and live.
Yes. You can have a “normal” CT or MRI scan and still have a mild TBI. At the Blackwell Law Firm blog, we have written numerous articles advocating for emergency rooms to better test and diagnose these possible injuries.
At the Blackwell Law Firm, we have written and discussed this issue on many occasions. Too often, emergency rooms fail to identify or diagnose potential TBI cases. This occurs for a variety of reasons. However, we are encouraged that many emergency rooms are taking positive steps to improve their detection of TBI cases.
Often, the paramedics or emergency room personnel note in the records that the patient did not lose consciousness from the accident. Yet, this is often not accurate. Many patients are dazed and unsure when they are asked that question immediately after a serious trauma. If the person suffered a brief loss of consciousness, they may not even realize it.
While a loss of consciousness is certainly one symptom of a TBI, much of the research indicates it is not necessary. Prior research which we have discussed in articles on the Blackwell Law Firm blog, indicates TBI signs can also include a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented from trauma.
Yes. Traumatic brain injuries can have different causes. A blow or impact to the head can certainly be the cause of a TBI. Yet, it is not necessary. Any trauma that causes the brain to move or impact within the skull can cause a TBI. At the Blackwell Law Firm, we have helped clients who suffered TBI from a forceful movement to the skull in severe car accidents. If you have suffered a traumatic impact to your body, you should pay close attention for the symptoms common in a TBI.