A brain injury of any magnitude can have tragic and permanent consequences, which can be a devastating shock to anyone with a loved one who sustains this type of injury. A diffuse axonal brain injury, however, has been reported to be one of the most devastating types of traumatic brain injuries. It is also reported to be one of the most common.
Shearing forces, as a result of brain movement within the skull, can result in this type of brain injury. A diffuse axonal brain injury affects different areas of the brain, and unlike other types of injuries, it is not localized to one specific area. It is also unlike other brain injuries that involve a direct blow to the head, and instead, involves a violent shaking that injures the axon. The axon is the part of the brain that transmits information between neurons, and when this part of the brain sustains an injury, the brain’s normal function is disrupted.
Diffuse axonal brain injuries can be mild in some cases, but in many cases, these injuries range from moderate to severe. Sadly, some patients become vegetative or unconscious, and the Brain Injury Institute has reported that the most common outcome of a diffuse axonal brain injury is coma, with over 90 percent of patients with serious cases of several diffuse axonal brain injuries never waking up. Because the level of brain damage tends to be significant for diffuse axonal brain injury victims who are comatose, even if they do regain consciousness, their brain function is usually still severely impaired.
Some of the most common causes of diffuse axonal brain injuries include:
- Sports injuries
- Car accidents
- Whiplash injuries
- Other incidents that result in the brain shaking violently and rapidly, such as shaken baby syndrome
Recognizing the signs of a diffuse axonal brain injury is imperative. The sooner this type of injury can be diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin, which can potentially include restoring some of the brain’s normal brain function. Some of the signs of a diffuse axonal brain injury to look out for include confusion, difficulty remembering or recognizing things that are usually familiar, trouble with reading or speaking, and unexplained moods. Sadly, because this type of brain injury does tend to be very serious, it is often fatal, even with early detection and treatment.
Losing a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially difficult when a negligent individual was the cause of an accident that led to a fatal injury. For example, a negligent driver may have been the cause of an accident that resulted in another driver’s diffuse axonal brain injury. It is simply unacceptable when this level of carelessness happens, and innocent families are left dealing with such a tremendous loss. If you are going through a similar situation, you may already be working with a wrongful death attorney to fight for the justice that your family deserves.
Not only can unexpectedly losing a loved one in a sudden accident take its toll emotionally, but there are also financial implications that typically result. Many people are unprepared to suddenly take on funeral expenses, for example. Additionally, if someone is the sole provider for their family and they suddenly pass away, that family may be scrambling by suddenly trying to figure out how to take on bills and other expenses. Although the monetary award from a wrongful death lawsuit is meant to cover these costs, waiting to receive that money can be difficult and stressful. At USClaims, we can provide you with an alternative while you wait for settlement funds. Contact us today to learn more and to get the process started!