Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain.

A person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. Other symptoms of mild TBI include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.

A person with a moderate or severe TBI may show these same symptoms, but may also have a headache that gets worse or does not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, an inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.

Other types of brain injuries include partial paralysis and other damage suffered as a result of a stroke and damage caused by medical negligence. Brain injuries can cause people to be unable to talk or have difficulty speaking. Brain injuries can also affect cognitive functioning, coordination and the ability to walk. Brain injuries can even alter a persons personality.

Brain injury cases are hard. Anyone who tells you otherwise either does not know what they are talking about or is not telling the truth. Brain injury cases are often complex and involve numerous experts from multiple specialties.

Philip Thomas has extensive experience representing victims of brain injuries and has tried brain injury cases to successful verdicts. Some of those results are discussed in the case results section of this website.

Books For Living with Brain Injury:

Brain Injury Survival Kit: 365 Tips, Tools and Tricks to Deal with Cognitive Function Loss, by Cheryle Sullivan.

Mindstorms: Living with Traumatic Brain Injury, by John W. Cassidy, M.D. and Lee Woddruff

Living with Brain Injury: A Guide for Families, by Richard C. Senelick and Karla Dougherty

Brain Injury Websites:

Brain Injury Association of America

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Traumatic Brain Injury Information Page

Brain Injury Resource Center

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