Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
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Traumatic brain injury is one of the most devastating and costly injuries possible. Considered a major cause of death and disability worldwide, traumatic brain injury is the number one cause of coma in the United States and the leading cause of brain damage in children and young adults. The effects of TBI are catastrophic if not fatal. Since the brain is the control panel for the entire body, when it is injured by an external force, it can have a significant impact on the entire function of the person as a whole.
Traumatic brain injury is defined as any external force such as impact, blast wave or excessive shaking that damages the brain. TBI is one type of head injury but not all head injuries are necessarily to the brain. Being the one of the most important organs in the body, damage to the brain can have substantial consequences to a person's life overall. Severity of the injury depends on the strength and velocity of the force and can range from mild concussions to total loss of bodily function.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that traumatic brain injury contributes to one third of all injury-related deaths in the United States every year and that an estimated 1.7 million TBI's take place annually. It has been shown that males and young children are significantly more at risk of incurring TBI.
The CDC found that the leading causes of traumatic brain injury all involve external impact through an accident or assault. The results of the study are as follows:
- Falls: The leading cause of traumatic brain injury in all ages involves the act of falling. Either through a slip and fall or falls from height such as in construction accidents, approximately 35 percent of all traumatic brain injury cases originated from falls. 50 percent of TBI's in young children under the age of four and 60 percent of TBI's in adults over the age of 65 were caused by falls.
- Motor-Vehicle Accidents: 17 percent of TBI's are caused by traffic-related incidents such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents and bicycle accidents. Trauma may be caused by whiplash or head impact which can cause very serious conditions in the brain. Motor-vehicle accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths in the United States at 31.8 percent.
Other leading causes of TBI included assault, which accounted for 10 percent of the injuries, and being struck by or striking inanimate objects, 25 percent. A majority of traumatic brain injuries are thought to be preventable and occur due to simple negligence of one or more persons.
Impacts of Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is considered to be a catastrophic injury simply because of the substantial effect it can have on a victim's life. Medical costs and hospitalization are extremely high and those losses are magnified by the fact that many cases require time away from work or the altogether inability to work for wages. The national cost of medical treatment and employment losses concerning TBI in 2000 was estimated to be 76.5 billion dollars nationwide.
Since the functionality of a brain essential defines an individual's life and personality, traumatic injury to the organ can completely redefine the course of one's life. Unlike other bodily features, the brain has direct say in how the rest of the body functions.
Non-fatal traumatic brain injury can still have devastating results for the victim through the loss of body function, coma, slurred speech, loss of memory and partial or even total paralysis. One frightening feature of TBI is the frequency of delayed manifestation, which means that the injury can go unnoticed for days or even weeks after the incident.
These significant impacts translate directly into one's life in the form of major losses. Immediate medical attention, hospitalization, medication, recovery therapy and future doctor visits can be extremely costly and are not always fully covered by health insurance. Furthermore, TBI can result in long-term symptoms that impact an individual's ability to work, play and live like they did before the injury. The loss of wages during recovery can become a serious problem if the TBI is serious enough to keep the victim from their job for a long time or even forever.
Losses from TBI can also be non-financial. Victims of the injury many times lose their ability to live independently, enjoy the company of their loved ones fully and participate in personal hobbies. The costs of TBI are endless and victims of it may never recover fully from it.
Legal Action for TBI
Many causes of traumatic brain injury may involve negligence on the part of one or more persons involved in the incident. Motor-vehicle accidents and falls can occur due to another person's failure to exercise caution. If you or a loved one was involved in an accident caused by negligence, you can pursue a legal claim for compensation to cover the immense costs associated with TBI.
When you contact a Santa Clarita personal injury attorney from The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus to help you file a claim involving traumatic brain injury, you will quickly find that we care about the outcome of your situation. Our legal team is passionate about and experienced in recovering the compensation our clients rightfully deserve after they were made victim to negligence.
To learn more about how we can help you, contact The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus.
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