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Causes And Consequences Of Suffering A San Jose Brain Injury

Causes And Consequences Of Suffering A San Jose Brain Injury

Brain injuries are often difficult to diagnose and can permanently alter the lives of its victims, physically, mentally, and emotionally since the brain is a highly complex and integral part of the body’s daily functioning. Unfortunately, it is also vulnerable. Although the brain can construct new neural connections to take over destroyed ones, many San Jose brain injury victims will never regain their full brain function.

There are various types of brain injury, the common of which is traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is a form of acquired brain injury (ABI), meaning the injury to the brain occurred after birth and is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or caused by birth trauma. According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), TBI is defined as “an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force.” The severity of TBI can range from mild; with temporary symptoms such as headaches, balance problems, and nausea; to severe, which can result in a coma, vegetative state, or locked in syndrome. As they vary in severity, brain injuries result from a variety of causes.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of traumatic brain injury are:

  • 35.2 percent are due to falls;
  • 21 percent are due to unknown causes;
  • 17.3 percent are due to motor vehicle accidents;
  • 16.5 percent are due to being struck by or against a moving or stationary object; and
  • 10 percent are due to assault.

Other causes of TBI may include bicycle accidents and sports injuries.

After any head trauma, it is imperative that the victim immediately receive medical care. Emergency personnel will determine the severity of the brain injury and determine the best course of treatment. Brain injury can result in a range of outcomes. Brain injury victims may be treated and released from an emergency department with temporary symptoms; they may be hospitalized, treated, rehabilitated, and released with partial loss of brain and/or body function; they may be hospitalized permanently due to almost complete loss of brain and body function; or, in very severe cases, they may die.

Suffering a brain injury can be very traumatic for the victim and their family, especially the life-altering injury was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another. If your loved one is no longer who they once were because of a traumatic brain injury, the compassionate San Jose traumatic brain injury attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde, LLP can help. We believe in holding negligent parties responsible for the pain and suffering they cause and can provide you with the legal advice and action your family needs to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to tell us how we can help you at (800) 900-0863.