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The basics of a traumatic brain injury

On Behalf of | Dec 16, 2022 | Accidents & Incidents

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is classified according to its cause and level of severity. The injury may include signs of cuts or bruising along with symptoms of headaches, depression or fatigue. There are different methods that doctors in Illinois use to diagnose and treat this condition.

Description of TBI

A traumatic brain injury is a severe blow that is inflicted on the brain and head. The severity of TBI varies from mild to severe. A mild injury is also known as a concussion, and a severe traumatic brain injury may develop into a long-term mental illness or neurological condition.

TBI is diagnosed by evaluating the various symptoms that affect the physical, mental and emotional states of the injured patient. The length and intensity of the treatment vary by patient. Some patients have minor symptoms, such as mild headaches and muscle strains, that disappear in a few months. Some severely injured patients fall into a coma or become permanently disabled after years of physical therapy.

Legal cases

Individuals or companies may be held responsible for the traumatic brain injury of another person. A few class-action lawsuits are created and succeed in finding a company guilty of negligence. Expensive settlements are awarded to a patient who has a lifelong disability and medical needs.

A traumatic brain injury is often a hidden condition that is not always straightforward to identify and treat. There are mild to severe forms of TBI that last for a few months up to several decades. TBI includes a wide range of symptoms that alter a person’s physical, behavioral and emotional state. Treatment options vary from physical therapy to counseling to discuss emotional issues.