A traumatic brain injury, also referred to as a head injury or TBI, is caused by a jolt or blow to the head, which disrupts normal brain function. This type of injury is not always penetrating, meaning an object may not break through the skull. However, whether the head injury is closed or penetrating, it can lead to serious complications.
Some TBI cases will result in nothing more than brief unconsciousness, while others can be fatal. Severe traumatic brain injuries have been linked to prolonged periods of unconsciousness or amnesia.
A head injury can affect someone at any age, but children are frequently the victims of these injuries. The CDC reports that among children 14 years old and younger, there are 2,685 deaths, 37,000 hospitalizations and 435,000 emergency room visits every year from traumatic brain injury.
Falls are the leading cause of TBI, which account for 28 percent of all cases, but car accidents are a close second, making up 20 percent of TBI cases.
A traumatic brain injury can be life changing. This injury can affect thinking, language, emotions and sensation. In severe TBI cases, there is a risk of developing epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other devastating disorders.
If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury from a car accident, fall, truck collision or other catastrophic event, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You need to contact a brain injury lawyer at Steinberg Injury Lawyers today at 1-800-350-8888 for a free legal consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.