Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a condition that can cause severe mental and/or physical impairments to the affected individual. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1.5 million people suffer from TBI every year in the U.S. A number of people suffer long-term injuries, and 50,000 people die as a result of TBI.
If you or a family member has suffered from a TBI, you should seek out the help of a brain injury attorney as soon as possible. Experienced TBI lawyers understand the complexity of these injuries. They will look at your case and help determine if the injury was caused due to the negligence of another.
There are a number of factors that can cause TBIs, but here are some of the most common ones.
Individuals in car accidents can receive massive head trauma resulting in TBI. This can be due to the head being slammed violently against an object such as concrete or the interior of the car. The force of the neck jerking from a sudden stop can also cause the brain to slam against the inside of the skull.
Gunshot wounds are the cause of some of the most severe brain injuries. While most individuals who receive gunshot wounds to the head succumb to their injuries, a small number survive. Of that number, about 50% are left with a TBI.
The CDC reports that slip and fall injuries cause the most number of TBIs. In many cases, this happens to elderly people. This can take place when a person falls down stairs or even slips when doing household activities.
Effects of TBIs
TBI can be mild or severe. If it is mild, this means that you may have lost consciousness for a short period of time. You may exhibit signs of disorientation, confusion, and even mood swings. While this is classified as mild, it can still be devastating to family members.
If your TBI is severe, this often means you have been unconscious for a longer period of time after an accident. You could have a penetrating skull injury. You will also have a higher level of cognitive deficits and even lapse into a coma. The TBI could affect the function of your limbs, speech, and even ability to think clearly.
There's no doubt a severe form of TBI can be devastating to a family. There is no clear way to know how or when the person will recover. This is why you need to find a brain injury attorney. An attorney can help you explore your options and help you better understand what you and your family are up against.
There is a question of finances for medical expenses and even some rehabilitation will be needed. In some cases, people who have suffered from a TBI can live normal, productive lives after going through rehab. Unfortunately, there are some who never recover. While this can be devastating, having an experienced attorney on your side can help ease the burden and help you seek maximum compensation for your injury.
Call our brain injury attorneys today at (415) 688-2176 for a free consultation to discuss your case.