Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a serious brain injury that has the potential for causing long-term, debilitating conditions. A TBI is caused by a strong blow to the head, a penetrating head injury, or a strong snapping back and forth motion of the neck. According to the CDC, TBIs are a major cause of disability and death in the United States contributing to about 30 percent of the injury deaths. A TBI can result in a minor concussion or severe brain damage. Repeated mild concussions have been associated with an increased risk of some diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Many TBIs are caused by personal injury accidents that are the result of the negligence or recklessness of other parties. Below are examples of accidents that can result in a TBI.
Brain injuries are very common in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 2.5 million people will be treated in emergency rooms each year for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). In 2013, 56,000 people died from TBIs, and 282,000 people were hospitalized for brain injuries. While senior adults over the age of 75 years have the highest rate of TBI-related hospital visits and deaths, anyone can suffer a brain injury.
Motor vehicle accidents can have tragic, life-long results. Even when a car accident does not result in traumatic injuries, the disruption to the victim’s life can still be extensive. From taking time off work to recover from injuries, repairing your vehicle, and dealing with insurance adjusters to recoup your financial losses, the consequences of a motor vehicle accident can and do often extend far beyond the healing process. A painful example of the consequences of an accident that can cause a lifetime of pain is scarring and disfigurement. Many victims of catastrophic accidents suffer permanent disfigurement and scarring because of the injuries sustained in the crash. Because scarring and disfigurement is a painful reminder of the suffering endured in the accident, the victim can suffer intense emotional stress and mental anxiety. Victims deserve to be compensated for these damages in addition to the other damages suffered because of the crash.
Scientists from UCLA have found that head injuries can increase the risk of developing certain disorders including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, depression, and schizophrenia. The research has been published by EBioMedicine.
Each year, millions of people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the United States. TBI is a contributing factor in 30 percent of the injury deaths each year. A personal injury accident can change a person’s life forever in a matter of a few seconds because a TBI can result in permanent disabilities. For the accident victim and his or her family, a person’s negligence in causing an accident can have devastating consequences. What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury? A traumatic brain injury causes a disruption in the brain’s normal functions due to a strike to the head or a penetrating brain injury. When the head strikes an object, the brain moves around within the skull striking the skull. The brain tissue is damaged when it strikes the skull. With a penetrating brain injury, an object penetrates the skull causing damage to the brain at the point of entry. While most traumatic brain injuries are mild, even a mild TBI can result in long-term damage.