As a form of acquired brain injury, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma targets the head. This can be anything from a severe car accident, a sudden fall or even the impact of an object hitting the skull. No matter whether this is aclosed head injury involving blunt trauma (such as a diffuse axonal injury) or an open head injury involving the skull being pierced, these are severe and can have life-long consequences.
The causes of TBI are countless, however, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are a few that are more common than others. The leading cause of TBIs in the U.S. are falls from high places, being the cause of over 35% of all TBIs. The second highest cause of these injuries is motor vehicle accidents (causing 17%), followed by being struck by or against an object (16%) and assault (10%).
The CDC also reports that children under the age of four are at the most risk for TBIs that require a visit to the emergency department, with almost 20% of all injuries happening to that age demographic. For TBI that required hospitalization, over 22% happen to adults who are over the age of 75. Reports have also shown that men are more likely to be victimized by this type of injury, accounting for 60% of all injuries.
According to the CDC, there are over 1.7 million victims of a TBI everything, leading it to be a leading factor of all injury-related deaths at a staggering 30%. Unfortunately, many people may be unaware of the symptoms of this type of injury, leading them to fail to get medical attention, which can aggravate the damage caused.
Some of the primary symptoms of mild TBI include the following:
In cases where the injury is more severe, it may include symptoms such as confusion, agitation, inability to control the bladder or bowels, convulsions and seizures, as well as dilation of the pupil(s). If you notice any of the above symptoms or anything else peculiar after an accident in either yourself or a loved one, it could be a red flag for a TBI and it is in your best interests to get the involvement of a medic immediately.
Currently, there is no treatment available that will help to reverse the damage done by a TBI; however, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the damage. To ensure that the most good is gained from this treatment, it is vital that the treatment is sought as quickly and as soon as possible. Some forms of immediate steps that can be taken include stabilizing the patient by providing adequate supply of oxygen, as well as maintaining blood flow and monitoring other vital signs. If required, there can also be surgical intervention to remove hematomas and contusions, as well as the possibility of fractures from the skull.
For the long term, it is generally required for TBI victims to seek ongoing therapy and rehabilitation. This can be anything from physical therapy to speech, occupational to psychology therapy to give the victim the tools that they need to adjust to their new lifestyle. In some cases, victims may be encouraged to take part in social support and other supportive tools that they need to deal with the emotional and psychology damage. This can be difficult to deal with; it is normally a good idea for victims to get all of the help they can get so they can begin leading a normal life as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that resulted in a TBI, it is in your best interests to get the involvement of a personal injury lawyer that you can trust. The claims and lawsuits that can stem from this type of injury are severe and without comprehensive assistance, you can find that you are stuck between a rock and a hard place. So what are you waiting for? With so much on the line, you do not have a moment to lose. You need an advocate who will stand up and demand justice on your behalf.
At Pacific Attorney Group, we are proud to bring over three decades of aggregate attorney experience to the table. Should you choose to work with our firm, you will be represented by lawyers who will truly take an invested interest in your case and who will be willing to go above and beyond to fight for your legal rights. If you would like to learn more about how you can best be helped or if you would like to schedule your initial case consultation, do not hesitate to give us a call today. We know what you are going through and we are prepared to go above and beyond in our efforts to helping you recover maximum compensation.
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