A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a severe injury. Most TBI instances result in long-term consequences, permanent disability, and sometimes death.
TBIs contribute to approximately 30 percent of deaths in the United States, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each day, it is estimated that 153 individuals die from this type of injury; while some TBIs are minor, others result in permanent damage.
The human brain, while resilient, controls numerous bodily functions, including memory, sensation, movement, coordination, and more. Therefore, any trauma to the brain can permanently affect a victim’s ability to function – including eating, speaking, or moving.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a TBI, it is imperative that you understand the facts about this very common injury. If that TBI results from an act of negligence, you might be entitled to compensation, as well.
Facts to Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Symptoms of a TBI might be confused with another condition. TBI symptoms are not always evident right after the trauma; therefore, when the patient seeks medical treatment, he or she could be misdiagnosed for some condition other than the TBI itself. Some symptoms include nausea, headaches, anxiety, sensitivity to light, memory problems, sleepiness, confusion, depression, fatigue, coordination problems, balance issues, and more.
- It is not just sports that see TBIs. While those in contact sports are at high-risk for a TBI, the highest rate of TBI-related deaths was among those who are 75 years or older. Falls are the leading cause of a TBI-related death. Individuals aged five to 24 are more likely to suffer a TBI from a motor vehicle accident, and hospitalizations for a TBI are also highest for those 75 years and older.
- A concussion could have long-lasting effects. A concussion is a minor form of a TBI, but that does not mean it is “minor” in terms of results. In fact, a concussion – combined with whiplash and other trauma – could have debilitating effects that require professional intervention.
- Younger children are just as high-risk for suffering from a TBI. Many assume that children can recover quickly from their TBIs, but adolescent brains are very vulnerable, since they have underdeveloped portions of the skull and brain. A child who suffers from a severe TBI is more likely to suffer long-term deficits because the TBI prevents him or her from properly developing brain-controlled functions.
Did You or Loved One Suffer from a TBI in an Accident?
Whether it was a slip and fall or motor vehicle accident, if you or a loved one suffered from an accident that resulted in a TBI, you might be entitled to compensation. Acts of negligence are often the cause of accidents; therefore, meet with The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C. for a free consultation to see if your case is eligible for compensation.
Schedule an appointment now at 912-200-5292 or ask Clarke a question online.