Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a serious problem in the United States. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer a TBI each year.
What Are TBIs and How Do They Occur?
A traumatic brain injury is any kind of physical force injury to the head that damages the nerve cells in the brain so that they are unable to relay messages from one part of the brain to another. TBIs can occur in a variety of situations, but are often the result of car and motorcycle accidents.
Serious brain damage can result when a person’s head strikes an object — such as a windshield or pavement — or when an object strikes the individual’s head. In some circumstances, a TBI can occur without an external blow to the head. Whiplash or similar violent shaking of the head can cause the brain to strike the inside of the cranium, damaging delicate nerve cells.
How Serious Are Mild TBIs?
TBIs can range in severity from “mild” to “severe.” This classification refers simply to the length of time the victim loses consciousness and the length of amnesia; it does not reflect the likely functional effects caused by the TBI. Even a mild traumatic brain injury can have serious, life-altering consequences for an injured person and his or her family.
In most cases, the true extent of the damage caused by a TBI cannot be determined immediately. It is only after the injured person has had an opportunity to recover and undergo therapy that doctors are able to evaluate the extent of the injury. This process can take months and sometimes years. New studies linking brain injuries to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease are published regularly.
Experienced Legal Representation Is Essential
When someone sustains a traumatic brain injury, the costs can be staggering. Families must often find a way to pay for both lengthy hospital stays and rehabilitative therapy. Often time, victims of brain injuries will need part time or even full time dependent care. The injured person is unable to work and, depending on the severity of the injury, may never work again.
If a loved one has suffered a TBI, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano If someone else’s negligence caused your loved one’s injury, your family may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For more information, visit our website at www.sgglaw.com.