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According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occurred in 2010 alone. TBIs occur when a bump, blow, jolt to the head, or penetration of the skull results in a disruption in normal brain function. They can occur either as isolated injuries or in conjunction with other medical issues, and can range from mild to severe.
The most common form of TBI is a concussion, many of which are self-resolving without any medical intervention. Regardless of severity, all TBIs are serious injuries and can result in serious complications for victims. As a result, it is extremely important for people who sustain a TBI to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine whether and against whom they may have a legal claim.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
While there are many potential causes of TBIs, there are 4 common causes that account for a vast majority of these injuries. They are as follows:
- Falls (40.5 percent)
- Struck by/against accidents (15.5 percent)
- Motor vehicle or traffic accidents (14.3 percent)
- Assaults (10.7 percent)
The remaining 19 percent of TBIs are due to other or unknown causes. In order for victims to be able to recover for their losses after an accident resulting in traumatic brain injury, you must be able to establish that the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. There are almost innumerable ways in which negligence can cause a TBI, including the following:
- Speeding drivers
- Slippery floors
- Construction site accidents
- Distracted driving
- Improper road maintenance
- Defectively manufactured vehicles
- Defective sports equipment
- Inadequate lighting
- Failure to manage snow or ice
- Exposed electrical wiring
Negligence is not always readily apparent, so it is essential for anyone who has sustained a TBI to discuss their case with an attorney. A personal injury lawyer will thoroughly review the facts of your case and uncover any negligence if it exists. In addition, it is important to note that personal injury claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations, meaning that any delay could jeopardize your ability to recover for your injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes
The short term signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury include headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, depression, difficulty concentrating, and others. These symptoms vary with the severity of the injury, and in the most serious cases could include significant cognitive impairment and varying levels of consciousness.
Long term outcomes of a severe TBI could include issues with cognitive function, problems with motor control, emotional problems, and issues with sensation including vision, hearing, perception, and touch.People who sustain TBIs may incur significant losses including past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, as well as loss of quality of life.
In some cases, victims may be unable to work or even live independently. As a result, anyone who has sustained a TBI that they believe may have been the result of negligence should contact an attorney immediately to ensure that their legal rights are fully protected. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.