The Pathophysiology of a Traumatic Brain Injury


an abstract image of a brainThe brain is a complex organism, and as such, any injury that happens to it will have complex consequences for the victim. With a traumatic brain injury (TBI), for example, victims may experience unique symptoms that happen with few other ailments, including personality changes, memory problems, and more.

Learn about the pathophysiology and biomechanics of a traumatic brain injury to better comprehend its long-term effects.

What Happens During and After a TBI?

A TBI typically occurs as the result of a blow or jolt to the head. When the head experiences sudden acceleration or deceleration, the brain may bounce against the inside of the skull, which is home to many bony, sharp edges. As a result, the brain can become bruised and torn, resulting in a TBI.

Mild, moderate, and severe TBIs can have different effects on victims. A mild TBI, for example, may leave the victim with headaches, nausea, and dizziness, but the TBI typically resolves on its own within days to weeks.

A moderate to severe TBI, on the other hand, may have longer, more pronounced effects on the victim. Victims of moderate and severe TBIs often experience the following symptoms:

  • Decreased muscle control

  • Seizures

  • Sleep disorders

  • Speech disorders

  • Memory and recall difficulties

  • Personality changes

Depending on the nature of the injury and the victim’s attitude toward recovery, these symptoms may eventually resolve, or they may last for the duration of the victim’s life.

If you or someone you love has acquired a TBI as the result of another’s negligence, our San Francisco brain injury attorneys are here to help. We understand the consequences a TBI may have on a victim’s health and independence, and we’re passionate about helping you recover what you deserve in the wake of your accident and injury.

Contact Scarlett Law Group at (415) 688-2176 to learn how we can assist you.

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