A traumatic injury can be one that happens suddenly and causes severe harm. Texas residents might want to know about the most common traumatic injuries that can occur.
Traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injuries are catastrophic injuries that disrupt the normal brain processes from a blow to the head, such as a fall. Concussions are an example of a mild TBI, which often causes headaches, dizziness, nausea vomiting and light sensitivity.
A more serious TBI is diffuse axonal injury, causing the brain to move inside the skull, damaging the axons. Mild TBIs commonly don’t leave long-term effects and heal in a few weeks if treated, but more severe TBIs require hospitalization.
Burns are classified as first-degree to fourth-degree, depending on how far it goes into the skin. A first-degree burn is the least severe, which damages the outer layer of skin, or epidermis, causing pain, redness and itching.
A second-degree burn reaches the epidermis and the dermis, and third-degree burns often must be closed by skin grafting. A fourth-degree burn commonly damages the nerves, so there is no feeling, and it often looks charred.
Spinal cord injury
A spinal cord injury impacts the group of nerves that transport signals to and from the brain to control body movement. Some common causes of spinal cord injury are vehicle crashes, falls, birth injury and spinal cord abscesses.
A complete spinal cord injury means the ability to move and sensation below the injured area has been lost. An incomplete spinal cord injury leaves some function and feeling below the impacted area in some body parts.
An injured party may seek damages for severe injuries caused by another party’s negligence. However, they should seek immediate medical treatment, even if they feel fine.