Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are life-altering. Tramautic brain injuries usually result from a violent blow or jolt to the head. Traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of disability and death in the United States and contribute to close to 3 million emergency room visits.
Determining the Severity of a Traumatic Brain Injury
While the majority of traumatic brain injuries are concussions where a person recovers after a period of time, other traumatic brain injuries result in behavior or mood changes, confusion or memory problems, dizziness and nausea. These symptoms can be long-lasting, if not permanent. And some traumatic brain injuries result in death. According to the Center for Disease Control, traumatic brain injuries have contributed to approximately one million deaths in the United States during the last 2 decades. During 2016-2018, approximately 180,000 people died in the United States due to traumatic brain injuries.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury deaths
- Unintentional falls were the second most common cause of traumatic brain injury deaths in the U.S.
- Unfortunately, homicide and suicide were the number one cause of traumatic brain injury deaths in the U.S.
- Motor vehicle crashes were also a common cause of traumatic brain injuries. Despite increased safety devices (seatbelts, airbags and child car seats), the number of people who die in a motor vehicle crashes due to a traumatic brain injury is still high.
If you were involved in a car or truck collision, a fall, or other accident due to the fault of another person, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney who has previously represented traumatic brain injury clients. At the Kisselburgh Law Firm, we have represented a number of clients, from toddlers to elderly adults, who suffered traumatic brain injuries.