A traumatic brain injury usually results from a sudden blow or jolt to the head. It can be deadly without prompt treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, over 55K people died from a traumatic brain injury in 2021.
In order to function & live, the brain is our most important organ. Even the slightest traumatic brain injury (TBI) can impair our ability to think clearly & can harm our motor functions. Severe TBIs can lead to permanent brain damage, a lifetime in a comatose state, limited cognitive & motor function, and possibly paralysis. When doctors & physicians describe a traumatic brain injury, they talk about any impact that affects the health of a person’s brain. These injuries are often the consequence of violent jolts to the head or direct contact with an object that causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull.
Whenever another party is at-fault for an incident that results in a traumatic brain injury, they have the obligation under the law to provide compensation. This includes payments for medical bills, emotional traumas, & lost income.
The Costs of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can range from the relatively minor, such as mild concussions, to severe, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The consequences of any brain injury can be long-lasting & irreversible.
Brain Injuries May Result In:
- Physical problems such as chronic headaches or dizziness
- Cognitive problems such as memory loss or impaired decision-making abilities
- Sensory problems such as hearing loss or blurred vision
- Behavioral changes such as depression and mood swings
The CDC estimates that the cost of caring for a survivor of brain injury is over $500K to $2MM+ over the course of a lifetime. This cost does not include immediate medical care, or does it take into account lost wages or the physical and emotional damages suffered by victims of this debilitating injury.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Many types of accidents can cause traumatic brain injuries. However, car crashes, sports accidents, or combat military activities lead the list of most common causes of traumatic brain injuries. These accidents can cause minor concussions or permanent brain damage. Traumatic brain injuries may also result from:
- Slips and falls, or other property accidents
- Defective product claims
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
At Huelat & Mack P.C., we can provide more information about the notion of these incidents and give you our over 125 years of combined experience to help you better understand traumatic brain injury cases & verdicts.