Like other medical injuries that California residents may suffer, traumatic brain injuries can be mild or may be life-threatening. No matter the degree of severity, brain injuries occur when the normal activities of the brain are disrupted by bumps, jolts or penetrations on or into the brain. Depending on how and the severity of the injury, the injured party may require medical attention and long-term support.
Suffering a head trauma is a serious situation. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons identifies two different ways that traumatic brain injuries or TBI may occur. First, TBI can happen when a person suffers a blow to their head that affects their brain. Second, TBI may result if a person suffers a penetration injury to their brain. Both impact and penetration injuries to the head are possible when individuals are involved in common personal injury events like motor vehicle accidents, and when TBI occurs, a victim can suffer a range of side effects.
When readers of this California personal injury legal blog think of brain injuries, they may picture dangerous accidents and traumatic events.
It may go without saying that if a person in California suffers a concussion, such injuries can negatively affect their physical health. However, one report indicates that a traumatic brain injury could negatively affect a person's mental health as well.
When a person in California is in a car accident, slips and falls on someone else's property or is in a sporting accident, he or she could suffer serious injuries to his or her head, specifically the brain. A head injury constitutes damage to parts of the head other than the brain, such as the skull. However, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) specifically affects the brain, which experiences trauma due to an external force.
As this blog has reported before, the use of electric scooters in Alameda County and the rest of the Bay Area is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, the trend is continuing to expand to other cities across the country. A recent study that appeared in a major medical journal, however, shows that safety issues with respect to these scooters continue as well. For example, 90 percent of those who got hurt because of an electric scooter were actually riding the vehicle, as opposed to being a pedestrian or other person in the vicinity. Of those riders, less than 5 percent were wearing a helmet at the time of the injury.
As this blog has discussed before, even a mild brain injury will likely require some initial care and medical treatment. More severe brain injuries, like the kind that would put an Alameda County resident in a coma, may require long-term care or even rehabilitation that will last for the rest of the victim's life.
When one thinks of a bicycle accident in the Bay Area, one may envision a bicyclist getting hit by a car. Indeed, these are often very serious accidents, and they may even lead to a brain injury, even if the bicyclist involved was wearing a helmet.
A previous post on this blog talked about how the electric scooters that are so popular on the streets of the greater Bay Area and throughout Northern California can be hazardous. Shortly after that post, news came out that Lime, one of the distributers of these devices, was pulling several of the vehicles, of two different model types, from the streets.
Many residents of Alameda County and the greater Bay Area in California probably already know that a brain injury is a very serious matter. This blog has even discussed how even a so-called minor brain injury can have serious and irreversible consequences. Consequences that can cost a person his livelihood and even, to some extent, their ability to function.