A “traumatic brain injury” can occur to a person who is seriously injured in an accident, for example an auto accident or slip and fall. When this type of brain injury occurs, the brain’s normal function is impaired due to a neurological injury. The injury can occur when there is an obvious and visible trauma to a person head or when there is no visible injury but the brain has suffered a “closed head injury.”

The symptoms of a brain injury are extremely varied and can include cognitive problems and a reduction in perceptual skills. An injured person’s behavior, personality or emotional
balance can be affected. A person may have difficulty processing information, communicating, concentrating, and learning and remembering information. Other physical symptoms can include difficulty walking, loss of balance and coordination, and loss of strength and motor skills.

In addition, it is not unusual for a person with a brain injury to suffer from sleep disorders, paralysis, headaches, seizures, tremors and extreme mental or physical fatigue.

Special testing can diagnose the problem and focus on the person’s symptoms. Diagnostic tests such as an MRI can visualize the problem by revealing the structure of the brain. A neuropsychologist can perform testing to determine what areas of the brain have been injured. The proper experts are critical in diagnosing a brain injury and the permanent problems a person may have sustained.

Brain and neurological injury can occur to children who suffer from lead paint poisoning when they grow up in apartment buildings and homes built before 1960. In these buildings, lead paint was used and the chips and dust from the paint is a great danger to children. Even if the building has been repainted many times children can be exposed to residual chips and dust. The exposure of children to lead can cause brain injury. A blood test to determine a child’s blood lead level is necessary if a parent suspects a child has been exposed to lead.

With experienced legal help victims of traumatic brain injury can be fairly compensated for their injuries.

Helpful Links:

Brain Injury Association of America