It’s normal to feel scared, worried, and angry after you or a loved one suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs and other head injuries can have a devastating and long-lasting impact on your quality of life.
After a car accident, some people will struggle with basic self-care, maintaining relationships, and enjoying day-to-day life. Others will find themselves out of a job and fighting to provide for their family. Fortunately, our attorneys understand brain and head injuries.
We know that every injury, person, and case is unique and deserves personalized attention. We also know that medical bills and treatment for TBIs can quickly add up, leaving you with mountains of debt. That is why we negotiate with insurance companies and help to hold the negligent party responsible for the accident, so that you get the money that you deserve..
Cause of Brain or Head Injuries
A TBI is any blow to the head that is hard enough to affect the functioning of the brain, such as thinking and moving.
When something hits our head, the brain moves inside of our skull. If the brain hits the sides of the skull, it can cause swelling, bruising, and bleeding within our head. This can lead to serious damage and debilitating symptoms, especially if it is not immediately treated by a qualified medical professional
Some TBIs Not Caused by an Accident
Approximately one-quarter of a million TBI-related hospitalizations occur in the United States each year. About 50% of these hospitalizations are the result of an unexpected fall, while 25% are the result of a car accident.
While falls and car crashes are by far the most common accidents to cause a TBI, there are other reasons to be cautious. This is because many serious injuries are not caused by a single accident. Instead, some TBI’s are caused by repetitive trauma to the head and brain.
Many young people will suffer brain or head injuries from playing high-impact sports like football, soccer, and basketball. These contact sports are dangerous and can cause children to suffer repeated head injuries, like concussions, during their developmental years. While one concussion may seem minor at the moment, several can cause a more severe injury later in life.
As with most brain injuries, symptoms may appear in the moment, or symptoms may not appear until sometime later, making it difficult to identify.
It is also common for victims of crime to suffer from TBIs. Being stuck in the head by something, or someone can cause serious injuries to the brain. Domestic abusers are notorious for causing severe brain and head injuries because too often the abuser is repeatedly assaulting the victim day after day.
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI because of domestic abuse, participating in contact sports, or because of any other repetitive trauma to the head, our attorneys are available to discuss your options.
The statistics on TBIs are staggering. Each year, 2.8 million Americans suffer from a TBI and about 56,000 will die from it.
TBIs disable six times as many people as HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and Multiple Sclerosis, combined. In fact, 1 out of every 60 people in the United States are living with a TBI-related disability and for 90,000 of them, it will become long-term.
While 75% of TBIs are mild injuries, they still require specialized medical treatment and a recovery period. In fact, the average lifetime cost of care for a survivor of a TBI is $4 million. The cost as a nation is $60 billion.
It is no secret that most people cannot afford to pay for this type of expensive ongoing medical treatment, even with the benefit of insurance. This is especially considering that after two years only 33% of those who have suffered from a head or brain injury are employed.
The incredible financial burden causes many people with TBIs to avoid getting critical medical care and to simply live with the symptoms. This behavior can actually lead to more brain damage and suffering in the future. These statistics show the reality of the long-term physical and financial suffering caused by TBIs and other serious head injuries.
While statistics on TBIs are helpful for understanding the devastating impact of these severe injuries, each case is unique and requires specialized attention. Our attorneys understand that no two cases are the same. We listen carefully, treat each client with respect and work our hardest to get you the compensation that you deserve.