Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are one of the most common catastrophic injuries. They contribute to about 30% of all injury deaths throughout the United States. Traumatic brain injuries can alter your life as it majorly effects your brain functioning. TBI’s can be categorized as mild or severe. Brain injuries are considered mild if loss of consciousness and/or confusion and disorientation is shorter than 30 minutes, according to traumaticbraininjury.com. Mild brain injuries are the ones that are commonly overlooked. A concussion is the most common form of mild TBIs. TBs are considered severe if loss of consciousness is more than 30 minutes and memory loss after the injury is longer than 24 hours. Children from birth to age 4, young adults aged 15-24, adults 60+, and males in an age group are those that are the most at risk for traumatic brain injuries according to the Mayo Clinic. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury at the fault of a third party, you can seek legal representation to gain back compensation for your suffering. Often times, TBIs leave individuals recovering for the rest of their life, depending on the severity. Every injury and every case is different. Common losses that that TBI victims see are medical costs, lost income, pain, suffering, permanent impairments, and more. If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury contact Brooks Injury Law to discuss your case.
Various events can cause traumatic brain injuries. Below are some of the most common events that have been found to effect the brain:
For young children and elderly people, falls are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Falls account for about 50% of TBI related deaths in the U.S, especially in adults aged 65+.
- Auto Accidents
Automobile accidents are another common cause of traumatic brain injuries, depending on the severity of the crash.
Traumatic brain injuries in younger youth is commonly caused from high contact sports, including football, baseball, hockey, soccer, wrestling, etc.
Domestic violence, childhood abuse, gunshot wounds, and other acts of violence can also lead to developing traumatic brain injuries.
- Combat Injuries
Specifically in military personnel, combat injuries and explosive blasts commonly produce TBIs.
Every traumatic brain injury is different and they can be very unpredictable. Common physical symptoms include:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Sleep Disturbances
- Mood or Personality Change
- Speech Disturbances
- Sensitivity to Noise or Light
- Balance Problems
- Unable to think clearly or concentrate