Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the most serious and damaging injuries a person can sustain, and unfortunately these injuries are much more common than most people realize.
Although TBI causes and outcomes vary, many head injury survivors deal with severe injuries that change their lives and the lives of those around them forever. Survivors may struggle with physical, cognitive, emotional, communicative, and psychological impairments, and require years of costly rehabilitation and assistance.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), brain injuries are a major cause of death and permanent disabilities in the United States.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Approximately 153 victims lose their lives to TBI’s each day, and nearly 5.3 million survivors are now living with permanent disabilities as a result of this tragic injury.
A traumatic brain injury is a type of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) that occurs after birth when physical trauma disrupts the normal function of the brain. When brain damage occurs before birth, it’s known as an In-Born Brain Injury. The law enables those who have suffered a TBI as a result of the negligence, wrongdoing, or inaction of another to seek compensation for their injuries and losses – whether it was acquired or in-born.
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
An acquired TBI occurs with external, physical trauma such as forceful impact in motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults and other sudden events. It’s often called a “silent injury” because it can be hard to know if the brain, which is extremely fragile, has been injured. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident, injuries can range from mild to severe and profoundly affect one or more areas of the brain. Even mild cases can be devastating, debilitating, and possibly life-threatening.
Brain injuries that are considered acquired but not traumatic are those caused by strokes, infections, hypoxia, and medical errors. For example, if a newborn is deprived of oxygen, such as during a delayed Cesarean section, the loss of oxygen to the brain (anoxia or hypoxia) can lead to neurological complications or cerebral palsy. The excessive use of forceps or vacuums are medical errors that also commonly cause of newborn brain damage.
Inborn Brain Injuries
Inborn Brain Injuries (not acquired) include those that happen before birth, such as genetic brain disorders, fetal alcohol syndrome, neurological damage from drug abuse (neonatal abstinence syndrome), perinatal illness or perinatal hypoxia/anoxia.
Countless TBI’s happen on the road, leaving millions of victims suffering from permanent impairments that effect everything from movement to memory and speech. It’s a common misconception that TBI’s happen only when a person suffers a direct blow to the head and loses consciousness.
However, a TBI can also occur when the brain is forcefully jarred in one or more directions during impact or sudden deceleration. When this happens, the soft tissue of the brain is damaged when it hits the inside of the skull. This kind of injury often occurs without loss of consciousness. Severe whiplash is a common cause of TBI.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury, we understand the complexities of your situation. Just as certain injuries require medical experts, an traumatic brain injury attorney who has successful experience defending victims of brain injuries can significantly change the outlook of your recovery from a TBI.
We understand how a TBI can cause extensive emotional, physical and financial strain. Because of this, we fight to secure you and your family the compensation you require for long-term care and therapy, as well as for your pain and suffering. If your case qualifies for compensation, the financial support could make a big difference for you and your family. Contact us today at (775) 789-4944 or by emailing us the Accident Form, no-obligation consultation to discuss your potential case.