The Full Impact of Brain Injury on Victims’ Lives
For most of us, life has it’s normal challenges and series of ups and downs. However, for individuals who have experienced the life-altering impacts of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), events that may perceived as normal can become insurmountable obstacles. If the TBI was the result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, there may also be a feeling of frustration and even anger.
TBI Statistics & Facts
Over 1.7 million traumatic injuries occur every year. Traumatic brain injury, also called acquired brain injury or simply head injury, happens when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can happen when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. Other symptoms include:
- Blurred vision or tired eyes
- Ringing in ears
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Change in sleep patterns
- Behavioral or mood changes
- Trouble with memory, concentration or thinking
Leading Causes of TBI
Approximately 1.4 million people are treated and released from emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries every year. More than 275,000 people diagnosed with TBI need to be hospitalized and approximately 52,000 people suffering die each year.
Leading causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Slip and falls (28%)
- Motor vehicle collisions (20%)
- Direct blow to the head (19%)
- Assault (11%)
Impact of a Brain Injury
The survival rate for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may have dramatically increased, but the quality of life still differs remarkedly from the life one previously led. Some brain injury victims suffer physical impairments such as lack or total loss of muscle coordination, bowel or bladder control or even loss or diminishing of taste or touch. In addition to physical impairments, other victims may also experience significant personality and behavioral changes.
The bottom line is that any type of head trauma can wreak havoc on both the victims’ lives and the lives of their loved ones. While physical injuries, such as broken bones, can heal over time, those suffering a TBI may experience a lifetime of recovery depending on the severity of the injury.
If you or a loved one suffered a head injury resulting from the negligence or recklessness of some else, you may be entitled to compensation for the monetary damages and losses through the filing of a personal injury claim.
Contact an Orange County TBI Attorney Today
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that involved a head trauma, the experienced Orange County brain injury attorneys at the Law Offices Samer Habbas can get you the just compensation that you deserve. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, call us at (888)-848-5084.