Each day in the U.S., more than 6,800 people sustain a traumatic brain injury. Of those injuries, 2% are fatal and over 11% require hospitalization. Even without requiring hospitalization, TBIs account for more than 2 million emergency department visits each year. Most of these head injuries are accident-related and the most common causes of TBIs include:
- Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, accounting for over 40% of all TBIs in the U.S. Many of these cases deal with either young children or older adults.
- Blunt trauma is the second leading cause of TBIs (15.5%), and these cases might either involve a child's accident or a work-related accident with falling objects or machinery.
- Motor vehicle accidents are also a leading cause (14.3%) of brain injuries. A vehicle impact can cause the head to strike a solid surface, or there could be trauma from extreme whiplash.
- Assault is another common cause (10.7%) of brain trauma. This is often due to involvement in a robbery, fight, or a domestic violence situation.
The types of traumatic brain injuries that could result from any of the accidents that we just listed include:
- Open head injuries. Open head injuries occur when something fractures the skull and damages the underlying brain tissue. These can be caused by such things as falls, blunt objects, or knife and gunshot wounds.
- Closed head injuries. A closed head injury doesn't involve a penetration of the skull, but the injury can be just as severe if not more so. Closed head injuries include concussions, brain contusions, and hematomas. These are often seen with sports accidents, car crashes, and falls.
- Chemical injuries. While not often considered in a class of traumatic brain injuries, rapid chemical damage to the brain is a possibility from the inhalation or ingestion of poisonous substances.
How a TBI Can Impact Your Life
While a brain injury could heal quickly and not leave a lasting impact, this isn't the reality for many victims. Too many brain injury sufferers need lasting medical care and are not able to return to their former jobs. This can be an event that is not only life-changing but incredibly expensive.
Some brain injury treatments can reach into the millions of dollars for serious cases, and few families have the financial resources to cover such things as home care, hospitalization, surgeries, and repeat testing. If your life has been altered by one of these injuries, you have the right to pursue compensation from the parties responsible for your injuries.
Choosing a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
Most brain injury cases are based on proving negligence for your injuries and suffering. This means that a lawsuit must be filed against the person responsible for your injury. Proving that both your brain injury occurred and was the result of someone else's bad behavior might be a tall order for some lawyers, which is why you should take care when choosing a traumatic brain injury attorney.
When you speak with an attorney, ask about their experience with brain injury cases. You need someone on your side that can protect your rights as well as seek compensation for your injuries. You'll be contacted by insurance companies and investigators who may not have your best interests in mind. An experienced brain injury attorney will advise you and act as your advocate with professionals so that you receive the best care possible, both today and in the future.
If you or a loved have suffered a traumatic brain injury, no matter how mild or severe, contact Chad Pye. Our experienced injury attorney
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