Traumatic Brain Injuries: Causes and Consequences
Fatalities from Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that an average of 153 Americans pass away each day from traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Those who aren’t killed by their TBI are forced to suffer the effects of it for an extended time, sometimes until they pass away from other causes. It’s necessary to evaluate and understand the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries, the effects of traumatic brain injuries and the legal options for victims. Keep reading to learn more.
What are Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries are caused by a sudden or extreme blow to the head that alters the normal functioning of the brain. These injuries range from mild concussions to severe, personality-altering brain damage.
Common Causes for TBIs
TBIs are most often the result of avoidable accidents. Here’s a breakdown of the leading causes of TBIs according to both the CDC and Brainline.org:
- Falls (47%)
- Being struck by or against another object (15%)
- Motor Vehicle Accidents (14%)
- Intentional self-harm
While not included in the leading causes of TBI, the CDC confirmed that children have been increasingly diagnosed with TBIs as a result of sports or recreation-related activities.
Effects of a TBI
TBIs often alter the way in which a person functions. In severe cases, the person’s personality is irreparably changed. Here are some of the other effects a TBI can cause:
- Memory problems
- Difficulty thinking
- Difficulty paying attention
- Mood swings
- Frustration and anger
- Difficulty communicating
- Repeatedly making poor choices
- Forgetting how to do certain tasks
- Difficulty remembering new information
- Acting insensitively or inappropriately
In the worst cases, TBIs can result in permanent mental or physical disability. Long-term recovery periods are to be expected, and even patients who have fully recovered may continue to experience some long-term symptoms for the rest of their lives.
What Legal Options Does a TBI Victim Have?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your TBI, you may be able to seek compensation in court. If your injury was the direct result of someone else’s negligence, then you need to consider the value of pursuing a lawsuit against the guilty party. Victims who were diagnosed with a TBI after a car accident or slip and fall would benefit from seeking out legal advice from a reputable attorney.
Contact a Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Traumatic Brain Injury Case in Pennsylvania
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a TBI in Pennsylvania? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Marrone Law Firm represent clients injured because of TBIs in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill and throughout Pennsylvania. Call 215-709-7360 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 200 South Broad Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19102 as well as offices in Cherry Hill, NJ.
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