Responsible for about 30% of injury related deaths each year, and resulting in over 5.3 million people living with disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are often both debilitating and nearly unpreventable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mild symptoms can vary from compromised movement and changes in sensory perception to mental ailments such as depression, while more severe infirmities include prolonged periods of memory loss, slurred speech, coma, and brain cell death. Most individuals affected by TBIs have received a closed head injury from falls or car accidents.
Car Accidents and TBIs
While Traumatic Brain Injuries are primarily caused by falls, they are also common outcomes of car accidents. Head injuries from hitting the windshield or dashboard, for example, cause extensive damage to brain tissue, skull fracturing, and hematomas. Due to the severity of harm caused not being evident at the time of the accident, afflictions caused by secondary brain damage such as brain swelling, epilepsy, inability to regulate lung or cardiac function, and infections contribute to the severity of a TBI diagnosis.
Also on the severe end of the TBI spectrum- if, as the result of a car accident, carbon monoxide is excessively inhaled, or the trachea becomes compressed due to the pressure of the steering wheel or other parts of the vehicle, cerebral hypoxia may occur. Resulting from the deprivation of oxygen for a long period of time, cerebral hypoxia can result in brain cell death.
Severe brain injury causes include:
- Automobile Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Slips and Falls
According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, slips and falls are predominantly responsible for young children and older adults receiving a TBI diagnosis. While teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 years old are primarily affected by car accidents, concussions received while playing sports are also a top culprit of brain trauma for the younger part of this age group. The elderly have the highest rates of hospitalization and death due to TBIs in the US. 75% of all TBI reports are mild traumatic brain injuries, which include concussions. Males are much more likely to suffer from TBIs than females in all age groups.
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit Help
Legal and medical expertise is essential due to the highly complex nature of brain injury cases. Ensure a professional team represents you or your loved one. Staley Law Firm is proficient in utilizing all available resources to effectively evaluate a traumatic brain injury, and will present qualified medical experts to provide the expertise needed to properly assess your needs.
Contact a traumatic brain injury lawyer today at Staley Law Firm by calling (770) 271-0300. Online consultation is also available through a free case evaluation.
Filing a brain injury lawsuit is subject to the statute of limitations, which is essentially a deadline applicable to the case. Contact us as soon as possible to avoid loss of rights, benefits, and legal compensation.