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What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?

The most common type of brain injury is diffuse axonal injury (DAI). This occurs when the skull is fractured, causing bleeding into the brain tissue. DAI often leads to cognitive impairment, including memory problems. It can also cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and confusion. 

What are the Most Common Causes of Brain Injuries?

The most common causes of brain injuries include car accidents, falls, sports injuries, and violence. These injuries can occur at any age, but children are particularly vulnerable because they cannot protect themselves from dangerous situations. 

Common Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

The most common types of TBI include:

  • Concussion (also called mild traumatic brain injury)
  • Subdural hematoma
  • Intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Diffuse axonal injury

Signs of Traumatic Brain Injury

The signs of a traumatic brain injury may include headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory problems, drowsiness, personality changes, mood swings, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or noise, vision problems, speech difficulties, hearing problems, balance issues, coordination problems, trouble walking, or fainting spells.

Treatment and Costs of Traumatic Brain Injury

The cost of treating TBI varies greatly depending on where it occurs. In the United States, the average price per person treated for TBI was $25,000 in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This figure includes hospital costs, rehabilitation, and long-term care.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

The most common causes of TBI include car accidents, falls, sports injuries, assaults, gunshot wounds, and bicycle crashes. Other less common causes include industrial accidents, domestic violence, and animal attacks.

What Is Your Brain Injury Claim Worth?

The average compensation for a brain injury claim is between $1 million and $2 million. That means that if another person’s negligence injured you, it could cost you tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other damages.

How Many People Have Traumatic Brain Injuries?

According to the CDC, approximately 1.7 million people suffer from TBI each year. Of those, roughly 225,000 require hospitalization. It's impossible to know the exact number of traumatic brain injuries in the United States because so many are minor enough that the people impacted don't go to the doctor. According to published reports, over 61,000 people died from traumatic brain injuries in one recent year. In another current year, about 2.8 million Americans sought treatment for TBI. Of those, 281,610 resulted in hospitalization.

What Is a Severe Brain Injury?

The severity of a brain injury depends on several factors, including whether it was caused by blunt force, penetrating force, or a combination of both. It also depends on what part of the brain was affected, which may include the frontal lobe (responsible for higher cognitive functions), the temporal lobe (responsible for memory and emotional responses), or the parietal lobe (responsible for sensory perception).

Traumatic Brain Injury Caused by Physical Violence

The most common cause of TBI is being hit on the head with something hard. This type of head injury usually causes bleeding inside the skull, leading to swelling and bruising around the brain. Other types of head injuries include those caused by car accidents, falls, sports injuries, and gunshot wounds.

What Are Some Long-term Effects of Brain Injury?

The long-term effects of brain injury vary from person to person. For some people, it may result in cognitive impairment, memory problems, depression, anxiety, personality changes, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, difficulty concentrating, or impaired vision. It can also lead to speech, balance, coordination, movement, and self-care difficulties.

Why Should I Hire a Brain Injury Attorney?

The attorneys at our law firm have decades of experience helping clients who have suffered from brain injuries recover damages. We understand the devastating impact that brain injuries can have on victims and their loved ones, and we know what it takes to win a personal injury lawsuit. The first step toward recovering from a brain injury is to seek medical attention immediately after it occurs. This may seem obvious, but many people who suffer brain injuries don’t realize they should see a doctor right away. Some people wait days before seeking treatment.

Who Is Held Responsible in TBI Cases?

The most common cause of brain injury is motor vehicle accidents (MVA). Other causes include falls, sports injuries, assaults, bicycle accidents, and gunshot wounds. In some cases, the victim may not remember what happened, making it difficult to determine who was at fault. It’s important to know that if another person’s negligence injured you, that person could be held liable for your medical bills and lost wages. Contact Our Brain Injury Lawyers Today for a Free Case Evaluation!

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