Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are often severe and life-changing. Any impact to the head can cause damage that may take years to reverse, and in some cases may not be reversible at all.
And it is certainly notable -- especially for victims who must routinely square off against individuals and institutions making all efforts to shield themselves from liability -- that multiple defendants can be targeted in medical malpractice litigation. Doctors are often culpable in a fundamental sense, of course, but in many instances so are anesthesiologists, nurses, lab technicians or other medical professionals.
Typically, a pregnancy is around nine months in duration. However, sometimes a baby will be delivered early. While generally infants born prematurely survive, they can face an increased risk of experiencing certain complications. And unfortunately, these complications can include brain injuries.
From banging your head on a kitchen cabinet, to experiencing a serious automobile accident, traumatic brain injuries can occur in many different ways. Sometimes we are in situations where we are aware there is an increased likelihood of being hurt. When this is the case, we know to take precautions, such as wearing a helmet.
Human beings are both clever and resilient. Each of these qualities can come into play when treating a serious injury. Our individual resilience grants us the ability to heal and recover. Due to our collective cleverness, many amazing medical tools and techniques have been developed to help patients rehabilitate.
The way in which we experience life is defined by the functions of our brain. We use our five senses to gather information about the world around us and our brain processes that information and provides feedback. This feedback guides us in our actions and allows us to understand and react to our circumstances. Should we ever experience a traumatic brain injury, then our ability to function can be severely impaired.
The ability to engage in conversation is something we may take for granted. After all, most of us have been verbally communicating with others for the better part of our lives. Yet, consider what it would be like to be unable to hold a conversation. Imagine the frustration and the sense of isolation such a condition would instill in a person. Those suffering from traumatic brain injuries often must endure this very plight.