What Is A Brain Injury?

A brain injury is anything that causes dysfunction in the brain. It can be caused by many things, but a brain injury is most commonly associated with being hit in the head or a traumatic event, such as a car wreck. There are many different types of brain injuries. While some may be temporary in the duration of the symptoms, most cause life-long consequences. At the end of the day, brain damage is nothing to take lightly.

Why Is A Brain Injury Called The "Silent Injury"?

Brain damage is often associated with people that look fine on the outside. People expect that when someone looks fine, they should act normal or fine. However, anyone with a brain injury knows that what appears on the outside is not always accurate of what is going on inside. It goes back to the old adage, "don't judge a book by its cover". 

Different Types Of Brain Injuries

There are many different types of brain injuries. While they may differ in terms of symptoms or location, they are all serious and life-changing. 

  • Contusion: A contusion is a visible bruising of the brain due to trauma or blood leaking from blood vessels. This can be caused when the brain bounces off the skull or an impact to the head causes internal bleeding in the brain. 
  • Hematoma: A hematoma is brain damage resulting from leaking blood collecting in a confined area of the brain or skull. A hematoma can be subdural, epidural or intracerebral. 
  • Concussion: A concussion is any blow that causes shearing of the brain cells and is not detected by CT Scans or MRI's. In fact, the CDC now calls classifies concussions as traumatic brain injuries. There is no such thing as a mild traumatic brain injury. 
  • Anoxia/Hypoxia: Brain cell death resulting from brain cells receiving no oxygen (anoxia), or not enough oxygen (hypoxia). This can happen from an electric shock or any other traumatic event that prevents oxygen from getting to your brain.
  • Coup-Contrecoup Injuries: These occur when you have at least two injury sites in the brain. For example, when your head is slammed to the ground from a fall. Your brain may bounce in the skull. When it bounces, your brain will hit multiple parts of the skull causing internal injuries to the brain, such as bleeding. 

What Are Symptoms Of A Brain Injury?

Many symptoms associated with a brain injury are common sense, but that also means that they are easily overlooked. Unfortunately, many brain injuries every year go undiagnosed. Sometimes brain injuries are missed because of other life-threatening injuries or other orthopedic injuries causing pain. If you or a loved one has any of these symptoms, please make sure to seek medical attention for a possible brain injury:

  • Dizziness
  • Poor balance
  • Nausea
  • Fatiguing easily
  • Ringing in ears
  • Recurrent headaches
  • Motion sickness
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Increased irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Seizures

It may take time to realize that these are symptoms of a brain injury. There are many forms of imaging to diagnose a brain injury, but not all brain damage shows up on imaging. For example, CT Scans are typically used in emergency rooms to rule out obvious signs of bleeding in the brain. However, a negative CT Scan does NOT rule out brain damage. In fact, you can have brain damage, but have all normal scans. Other tests they can run, but are not necessarily indicative of a brain injury are: MRI, fMRI, SPECT, and PET scans.

How Do We Handle Brain Injury Cases?

We focus our attention on your story. At The Button Law Firm, our brain injury cases are a focus point. We make sure to spend the proper time with you and your family so we can understand what happened to you, how it has affected you, and what can be done to make it better (or at least manageable). 

We have a team of experts that can help explain what happened to you to a jury as well as our legal team that is ready to work with every witness to bring out the stories that show what happened to you is real. Brain injuries are serious. Brain injury cases need serious attention. Details are the key to these cases and that is what we focus on.

We handle brain injury cases all over Texas. Whether you or a loved one sustained a brain injury in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Midland, or Odessa, we are here to help you. We want to see you get better and get closure.