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Traumatic brain injury’s effect on consciousness

Posted on April 2, 2015 4:07 pm under Construction Accident

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) may cause the patient to suffer from an altered state of consciousness. Depending on how serious and extensive the brain damage is, a person with TBI may suffer from these varying degrees of consciousness:

  • Brain dead – A person that records no brain activity after a severe TBI.
  • Comatose – The patient is in a prolonged and severe state of unconsciousness. He or she is unable to respond to stimulus and is unaware of everything. As the brain heals, the person may emerge from coma and enter a vegetative state.
  • Vegetative state – The person might be unaware of his surroundings but could respond to stimuli by blinking eyes or making sounds.
  • Minimally conscious state – A person who emerged from a vegetative state of consciousness may enter a minimally conscious state, where he or she might be aware of his surroundings. Individuals in this state have a greater chance of full recovery.

Unfortunately, cases of traumatic brain injury have been associated with unsafe working conditions in construction sites. A Wisconsin-based lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you file a claim against a negligent contractor or employer. Call us at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about your legal options today.