Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy

Traumatic brain injuries are scary because there are so many unknowns. The injured person could be left with serious long-term physical, mental or emotional problems, including epilepsy. The attorneys at TSR Injury Law have handled many traumatic brain injury cases, with excellent settlements and verdicts. We care that you are hurting and want to help. Call 612-TSR-TIME or submit our free consultation form on the right.

About Traumatic Brain Injury

There are two general classifications of traumatic brain injury:

  • Closed head injury: The head injury may appear insignificant, possibly just a bump, blow, or sharp head jerk. But, even in these cases the brain may be jostled enough to cause bleeding or swelling.
  • Open head injury: In an open head injury, the brain sustains penetrating trauma.

Epilepsy After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Epilepsy may develop after some traumatic brain injuries. Post-traumatic epilepsy is most likely to occur following an open head injury, but occasionally it can follow a closed head injury. People whose seizures develop some time after the injury have a greater likelihood of developing epilepsy.

Epileptic partial seizures may show up months or years after the head injury. A simple partial seizure is when a small part of the brain experiences a localized, abnormal electrical discharge. Symptoms of a simple partial seizure include smelling a foul odor, seeing flashing lights, feeling tingly, and/or hearing voices.

A complex partial seizure, also called a temporal lobe seizure, will present with a change in level of consciousness, without loss of consciousness. The individual may become disoriented, hear things, behave strangely, grate teeth, fidget, and/or become restless. This can be followed by extreme confusion and limited recall of the episode.

A grand mal seizure, also known as a tonic-clonic seizure, features a loss of consciousness and muscular twitching and jerking. It is the result of abnormal electrical activity throughout the brain. This type of seizure following a head trauma is usually a one-time event rather than a chronic problem.

Statistics on Epilepsy Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Following are some disturbing statistics on the development of epilepsy following a traumatic brain injury diagnosis.

  • Someone who has suffered a head trauma is twelve times more likely to suffer seizures than the general population.
  • Approximately 60% of individuals who sustained head injury developed epilepsy within the first twelve months following the injury.
  • 30% of all individuals suffering head trauma developed post-traumatic seizures. More than 75% of the time the seizures occur within the first 24-months.

Minnesota Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer & Attorney

Brain cells do not regenerate. However, in some cases, other areas of the brain compensate for the injured tissue, rerouting information and function around the damaged areas. Recovery from a traumatic brain injury can be a prolonged or life-long process of treatment and rehabilitation.

It is imperative to retain a traumatic brain injury lawyer with extensive experience in order to receive the necessary compensation to cover current and future medical expenses, as well as lost income and other damages.

TSR Injury Law has handled hundreds of traumatic brain injury cases. We have developed an expertise in this area. Our partners are frequently asked to speak on the topic and Partner Rich Ruohonen has written and published an article on the myths of traumatic brain injury. Call us today at 612-TSR-TIME. We are ready to help you on the road to physical and financial recovery.