Catastrophic injuries are related to a catastrophe or traumatic event that results in a long period of incapacity that can lead to high treatment costs. The American Medical Association’s definition of catastrophic injuries includes injuries to the brain – Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), of course, can come under this heading. But some TBIs, though not be seen as catastrophic at first, could have severe consequences years later that may not be attributed to that earlier injury.
When Can a TBI Be Seen as Not Catastrophic?
TBI is defined by the CDC as a disruption in the normal function of the brain caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. It can also be caused by a penetrating injury. Certainly, some of these incidents will be the result of a catastrophe and require the sufferer to receive long-term care. On the other hand, a bump to the head that causes a momentary daze isn’t catastrophic, and a blow to the head that leads to a concussion and loss of consciousness won’t be catastrophic either. These injuries need to be carefully attended to, of course, but once the patient has recovered; there usually won’t be any long-term care given.
But maybe that is not the best way to proceed. It’s possible that the concussion sufferer should be monitored for a longer period of time since research published in the journal Radiology shows that even one concussion can lead to a change in the brain’s structure. The area of the brain concerned with mood was discovered to have been altered after one concussion, and that may lead to depression in the patient.
Brain injuries can happen due to a product malfunction, sports injury, car accident, or at work due to a third party’s negligence. Whether mild or severe, the person who has experienced one of these injuries needs to have representation by an attorney with experience in providing for both the short and long-term care they need. The Lassiter Law Firm in Houston should be contacted if you or a family member has suffered one of these debilitating injuries.