Traumatic Brain Injury

The human brain has been called the last uncharted territory by scientists, and when its safety is compromised, disaster can strike. Traumatic brain injury is an epidemic in the United States; in fact, experts estimate that up to 1 million head injuries occur each year, accounting for nearly 35 percent of all injury-related deaths.

In the United States, most brain injuries are caused by:

  • Falls: elderly persons and young children are at greatest risk for this type of TBI, which is estimated to comprise 28 percent of all traumatic brain injuries
  • Car crashes: 20 percent of all TBIs take place due to motor vehicle accidents, with more motorcycle riders than auto passengers suffering from TBI.
  • Striking events: these events occur when the head is struck by or against an object, including many concussions and other sports-related injuries. This category makes up 19 percent of all traumatic brain injuries.
  • Assault: shockingly, a good 11 percent of all TBI originates from assaults, many of which involve firearms.

Military personnel, athletes, the very young and very old, and those with substance abuse problems are all at higher risk for traumatic brain injury, which can cause symptoms as varied as paralysis, personality changes, headaches, memory and concentration problems, and cognitive difficulties. Many TBIs are untreatable and can cause financial and physical havoc for the victim and his or her family.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a traumatic brain injury, you’re probably confused, upset, and stressed. But you also have legal rights — and a personal injury attorney can help you collect the compensation you deserve for your injury. A TBI settlement or verdict can pay for current and future medical care, make up for lost wages, and even start to compensate you for emotional loss and pain and suffering. The first step? Finding a personal injury lawyer with traumatic brain injury experience. We can help — click here for more information and a free case evaluation.

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