There are few injuries that can disrupt every area of life like a traumatic brain injury. While many people may assume that such injuries occur primarily in unavoidable freak accidents, there are actually many steps you can take to minimize the risk of sustaining such an injury for yourself and for your loved ones.
Brain injuries are getting more attention these days than they have in the past. This is thanks partly to big personal injury cases tied to NFL players and their head injuries, and also to Hollywood recently having released a movie about the subject.
When people hear "brain injury, " they often assume it is some sort of traumatic injury, or "TBI," like the kind popularized on television about football. However, the majority of brain injuries are not traumatic, but they are no less dangerous or important to treat. Brain injuries can be divided into two basic categories: mild and severe. Mild injuries are those that most people would shrug off, like a mild concussion or bump. A severe injury is the kind most typically associated with TBI.
Eleven years after a surgeon operated on the wrong side of a patient’s brain and attempted to cover it up, the hospital where he worked has been ordered to pay $2 million to the patient and his family. Few wrong-site surgical errors could have so profound an effect on a patient’s health as removing healthy parts of a brain, as this surgeon did.