Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A traumatic brain injury can be life-threatening, and the damage done by traumatic brain injury is often long-term, creating permanent disabilities and challenges for the victim. If you or your loved one has suffered from traumatic brain injury, you are one of millions, and it is very likely that you are confused, angry, and in search of the kind of help that will alleviate the new pressures and struggles you are facing every day.
At The Cochran Firm, we help victims of traumatic brain injury return to a level of normalcy in life that many thought was out of their reach by helping gain the financial compensation that they deserve as victims of an accident or crime. If you feel alone in your struggle against a traumatic brain injury and the changes that come with it, there is help available to you.
Not all traumatic brain injuries are of equal severity and some may deserve greater compensation than others. If you or your loved one has suffered from traumatic brain injury, please contact the experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys at The Cochran Firm today, helping accident victims nationwide.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injury
Many traumatic brain injuries happen to children who are more susceptible to head injuries because their skulls have not fully formed and hardened yet. But, that does not mean that adults do not also suffer from traumatic brain injury, and over a million cases are reported each year. Traumatic brain injuries, or brain injuries caused by trauma, fall into five categories.
- Skull fracturesYour skull is made up of more than one bone, and if struck by an outside force, one or more of the bones may fracture causing damage to the brain. This type of traumatic brain injury may occur as the result of a violent crime, auto accident, or other types of accident.
- Epidural hematomasIf you experience bleeding between the outer membrane of your central nervous system and your skull, the buildup of pressure can cause lasting brain damage and even death. Most epidural hematomas occur because of rapid acceleration-deceleration, such as occurs in a car accident.
- Subdural hematomasBleeding on the inside of the outer membrane of your central nervous system is usually caused by tears in veins inside the subdural space. This type of hematoma is more common and can be treated if it is a recurring condition.
- Intracerebral hematomasIf you experienced bleeding within the brain tissue itself, this is considered an intracerebral hematoma, or cerebral hemorrhage. This is the only type of hematoma that occurs within the brain itself, as the others occur inside the skull but not in the brain. Intracerebral hematomas result in death in as much as 40% of cases.
- Diffuse axonal injuryThis type of traumatic brain injury is the most devastating and, in severe cases, results in coma and permanent disability. If your loved one has suffered diffuse axonal injury (DAI), several areas of the brain have been affected by lesions, resulting in widespread damage. This is commonly caused by auto accidents or child abuse such as shaken baby syndrome.