The phrase Traumatic Brain Injury is not something you hear every day, but it is a very common injury. Traumatic Brain Injuries or TBIs are generally the result of a sudden, violent blow or jolt to the head which causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. This results in possible bruising of the brain, tearing of nerve fibers and bleeding. Sounds horrific right? About 30 percent of all injury related deaths in the U.S. are caused by TBI. Survivors of TBI could experience physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral effects. The outcomes range from complete recovery to permanent disability. Physical, speech, recreational, and occupational therapy are generally a part of the recovery process.
The two primary causes of TBIs are falls and motor vehicle accidents. About half of the TBIs in the U.S. can be attributed to falls with the largest portion of those deaths affecting the youngest and oldest age groups. Falls can be avoided by installing grab bars in bathrooms and handrails on stairs, installing safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs, and using shock absorbent surfaces on playgrounds. Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of TBI related deaths. In motor vehicle accidents, the use of seat belts and child safety seats can greatly reduce damage to the brain. Following speed limits and wearing a helmet can also reduced the risk of TBIs.
Traumatic Brain Injuries can have long term, costly affects for the injured individual and their family. If you or a loved one have suffered a TBI, the attorneys at Williams and Williams can review your situation to determine if compensation can be recovered.