Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is sudden damage to the brain caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Common causes include motor vehicle accidents, falls, work accidents, violence, sports injuries, and child abuse. Many cases of TBI are preventable and occur because of someone else’s recklessness, carelessness, or negligence.
Traumatic Brain Injuries Are a Widespread Problem
Nearly three million people each year in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury. Of those, 500,000 will be hospitalized, and 70,000 to 90,000 people are left with significant and irreversible impairments. Many of these accidents happen on-the-job and are eligible for workers’ compensation claims.
- Young adults, especially males between the ages of 15 and 24, are most likely to suffer a TBI.
- People over the age of 80 are also at very high risk for TBI.
- TBI is the leading cause of disability in children and young adults.
- TBI contributes to more than 50,000 deaths per year.
- Concussions are one of the most common forms of traumatic brain injuries.
Concussions Are Serious
A concussion is a kind of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Concussions can also be caused by a hit to the body that causes the brain to move back and forth within the skull rapidly. A concussion can cause chemical changes in the brain or damage to brain cells.
Medical professionals sometimes refer to concussions as a “mild” brain injury since they are typically not life-threatening, but the reality is the effects can be quite serious.
Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Cause Long-Term Problems
The physical, cognitive, and emotional changes caused by a traumatic brain injury depend on the location and severity of the injury.
- Focal brain damage is confined to a specific area of the brain, usually the area affected directly by the impact.
- Diffuse brain damage is the result of the brain moving back and forth inside the skull, causing damage to many areas. The speech and language areas of the brain are often most affected by this type of traumatic brain injury. Other symptoms can include sensory disturbances, cognitive impairments, and motor system damage.
- A TBI can also cause epilepsy or even increase the risks for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, or other brain disorders.
Immediate Medical Care Is Critical for Traumatic Brain Injuries
Medical care is crucial in the first few hours and days following the traumatic brain injury. Secondary injuries caused by such events as pressure and swelling must be prevented to avoid further damage.
TBI treatment is tailored to an individual’s specific impairments and can be very expensive. Long-term TBI care often involves a team of professionals who concentrate on the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of rehabilitation.
Living with Traumatic Brain Injury
The aftermath of a TBI is especially hard on the patient and their loved ones, financially and emotionally. Survivors of TBI often have long-term cognitive, physical, and emotional problems. A survivor may have difficulty concentrating, solving problems, making decisions, processing new information, organizing thoughts, relating to others, and much more.
Get the Care and Help You Deserve
It is always important to consult with an attorney regarding brain injury cases. Brown & Crouppen will investigate the facts and determine whether you or your loved one has a right to compensation. We will also investigate whether public or private benefits such as Social Security disability, Medicare, or private disability insurance payments are available.
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