The Law Offices of Joseph W. Campbell represents victims of all manner of trauma. One of the most devastating is an incident which results in injury to the brain, seen most often in direct blows to the head.
Over the last year the practice has confronted this life-altering event in a number of different settings. To name a few:
- A contractor who sustained a cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain) when he was thrown from the cab of a truck.
- A forklift driver who fell from a dock when the rig he was loading pulled away. He landed on his head and was in a coma for weeks.
- A San Francisco cleric who was putting money in a parking meter when an improperly braced construction wall fell on her head.
- A Southern California field inspector whose vehicle was hit from the side by a car speeding in the wrong lane, catapulting his vehicle down a ravine.
Each of these victims sustained what doctors used to call a “closed head injury” or “concussion” but more recently is described as “traumatic brain injury” (TBI). The definition of TBI adopted by the Brain Injury Association of America in February 2011 is “an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force.”
Symptoms of Head Trauma
What happens to someone who has sustained even a mild brain trauma? He or she can confront all manner of frightening changes and disabilities including
- Memory Loss
- Severe headaches
- Balance problems
- Inability to concentrate
- Trouble organizing simple life tasks
- Loss of senses, especially vision.
All of which typically results in sadness or depression in varying degrees.
Head Trauma Victims in the Public Eye
The subject of repeated concussions is now very much in the news. Several weeks ago the great Pittsburgh Steeler QB Terry Bradshaw confided to a group of newsmen that he is experiencing short term memory loss because of the many blows to the head he sustained in his playing days. Three of Terry’s teammates (Mike Webster, Terry Long, and Andre Waters) who were thought to have died from other causes, including suicide, all evidently suffered from severe depression brought on by brain injury.
The NFL is supposedly looking into the specific problem of repeat head injuries… a condition called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (“CTE”). CTE is most likely the accepted new term for what in days past was called the “punch drunk” boxer, who could not speak or think clearly and was always falling.
Personal Injury Attorneys who represent accident victims with brain injury caused by single or mutltiple concussions are trying to learn more about the symptoms and what help the clients are going to need to cope with their disabilities.
A good place to find out more about TBI and CTE is the recently established Center for the Study of CTE at Boston University.