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Facts about Traumatic Brain Injuries

By September 20, 2016October 6th, 2016Personal Injury, Wrongful Death & Catastrophic Injuries

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people in the United States suffer some form of traumatic brain injury each year. While some TBIs are minor, others are utterly debilitating and have life-changing effects.

What Is a TBI?

TBIs are caused by any impact to the skull that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. Physicians classify traumatic brain injuries according to their severity: according to the CDC, a “mild” traumatic brain injury is one that causes a brief change in mental status or consciousness while a “severe” TBI causes an extended period of unconsciousness and amnesia after the injury.

What Are the Effects of a TBI?

Because of the complexity of the brain, it is often difficult for physicians to offer an accurate assessment of the likely effects of particular injuries. Research indicates that TBIs can adversely affect the regions of the brain that control:

  • Thinking
  • Sensation (i.e., smell, touch, etc.)
  • Language and communication
  • Emotion

The changes to these regions of the brain can be short- or long-term. In addition, TBIs can cause conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.

What Are the Common Causes of TBIs?

The leading causes of TBIs in the United States are motor vehicle accidents and falls. Many injuries occur due to rapid acceleration and deceleration of the victim’s head, which causes the brain to strike the inside of the skull and commonly results in bruising or serious bleeding.

An Attorney Can Help

If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact one of the experienced GRG attorneys. Our lawyers can assess your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.