Brain injuries, sometimes called traumatic brain injuries or TBIs, can be one of the most devastating injuries a person experiences in an accident. Oftentimes, a traumatic brain injury is permanent and requires a lifetime of constant care. Brain injuries affect every part of a victim’s daily life physically, mentally, emotionally, and behaviorally. At Williams Iagmin, LLP we have served many clients suffering from brain injuries with compassion and zealous advocacy to ensure that they get the treatment they need and the compensation they deserve.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define a traumatic brain injury as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury. Brain injuries can range from mild to severe, with symptoms ranging from a brief change in consciousness to extreme memory loss following an accident. Because the brain is the control center of the body, a traumatic brain injury can cause a number of other medical issues:
Because a traumatic brain injury can cause so many other medical issues, lawsuits for accidents involving brain injury are particularly complex and difficult to litigate. You need an experienced personal injury attorney by your side to ensure that you get full compensation for your claims.
Brain Injury Statistics
According to the CDC, traumatic brain injury contributes to about 30% of all injury deaths annually in the United States. In 2013, there were 2.8 million reported traumatic brain injury emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths nationwide. Brain injury contributed to nearly 50,000 fatalities that year and resulted in 282,000 hospitalizations and 2.5 million emergency room visits.
Brain injury can result from many different types of accidents; however, the most common causes of traumatic brain injury include the following:
Of the brain injury accidents that result in death, the most common cause differs according to age. For those 75 years and older, the most common cause is slip and falls, whereas the most common cause for a brain injury-related fatality for those ages 5-24 years old is motor vehicle accidents.
For non-fatal brain injuries, hospitalization rates are highest for victims ages 75 years and older and typically are a result of slip and falls. Slip and fall accidents are also the leading cause of emergency room visits that involve a brain injury for all ages except for those 15-24 years of age. For that age group, brain injury emergency room visits are most commonly caused by being struck by or against an object.
Brain injuries can be devastating for the victim of an accident and their loved ones. If you or someone you know is suffering from a traumatic brain injury after an accident, call or contact Williams Iagmin, LLP today to schedule a free appointment to discuss your case.