The brain is the organic center of functioning for the human body, encompassing our physical, cognitive, and emotional control centers. Anatomically, our brains “float” in fluid within the protective skull, and when our head suffers a sudden or forceful movement, our brain sloshes within the skull. When it strikes the inside of the skull, it suffers injury, just as if your elbow struck a door or your knee hit a table in your living room. The only difference is that the injury is to the inside and cannot be seen.
Sometimes, a traumatic brain injury is obvious. For example, there may be a penetrating wound, gunshot wound, or skull fracture. More often, a patient will suffer a traumatic brain injury with no blow to the head, no bleeding, no stitches, no visible bruising, and no positive MRI or CT findings.
When people refer to a “whiplash” injury, the type that occurs in a rear- or front-end automobile collision, they are really talking about the motion of the head, traveling at rapid speed from back to front to back again. When this happens, the brain is being smashed against the inside of the skull, several times, and each time, the brain suffers a bruise. It bleeds, and like any other part of the body that bleeds, it suffers injury. Patients suffering from traumatic brain injury may suffer from the following symptoms:
- Physical effects, such as loss of balance, tremors, visual or hearing loss, alteration in taste or smell, light sensitivity, dizziness, head pain, and difficulty with motion;
- Emotional effects, such as depression, anxiety, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder, lethargy, aggressive behavior, frustration, and changes in relationships with others; and
- Cognitive effects, such as problems with memory, comprehension, reading, math, and following directions.
Diagnosis of the nature and extent of a traumatic brain injury requires specialized testing by neuropsychologists and skillful interpretation and explanation. Presenting these injuries and their effects on a person’s quality of life is difficult; doing so requires a lawyer to be proficient in medical terminology and brain injury cases.
Greg Sandler has this expertise. Greg has received advanced legal training through both the American Association for Justice and the Brain Injury Association. He has also received medical instruction in this type of injury and has significant experience with clients suffering from these injuries. This advanced training and experience makes Greg Sandler qualified, above many other attorneys, to represent victims of traumatic brain injuries. Contact our office today at (757) 627-8900 to discuss your case, and visit our Resources page to learn more about traumatic brain injury.