TBI – Traumatic Brain Injuries are Unique in Personal Injury Cases
TBIs are surprisingly prevalent, and can be found in sports injuries, military injuries or vehicle accidents. Even a simple fall from a standing height has sufficient potential energy to cause a TBI if the head impacts the ground.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are brain injuries that result from a sudden impact to the head. The impact causes brain damage and dysfunction. TBIs can exist in varying degrees of severity, from “mild,” to “moderate,” to “severe.”
Unique Brain, Unique TBI
While the general map of which areas of the brain are responsible for specific cognitive functions is nearly universal in the average individual, the precise boundaries and placement of specific areas of functionality in the brain vary from person to person. One individual may have an overdeveloped language center, while someone else may have an underdeveloped frontal cortex, which is involved in executive decision-making. Another individual might store song lyrics he or she has heard in a part of the brain that is just behind the ear, while a different person may store the same type of information in the area of the brain that is directly above the ear.
In addition to the brain being a unique organ customized for each individual, each TBI is also unique in that the extent of the injury and the damage that it causes is specific to the injured individual. Because each TBI case is so specialized and specific, preparing a TBI lawsuit is sometimes a challenge for a personal injury attorney. Unlike an x-ray taken of a broken arm, or an MRI scan of cancerous lung tissue, neuroimaging and brain-scanning do not always definitively show a brain injury, even though the affected individual clearly has experienced some sort of reduction in mental ability after suffering from a TBI.
Duration of Brain Damage From TBIs
The damage from a TBI can be temporary, semi-permanent or permanent, depending on how severe the TBI is and whether the TBI is an isolated event, or if the injured person has suffered from a series of TBIs over time. If multiple mild TBIs occur over a long period, the affected individual can accumulate many neurological and cognitive defects over time. Exposure to frequent TBIs over a short period of time can cause severe damage, result in permanent disability, or can even cause death. Yet, that is not to say that the effects of all brain injuries last indefinitely. The effects of some TBIs are merely temporary and some injured individuals can recover completely in as little as six months.