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What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?


January 20, 2022

Representing Traumatic Brain Injury Victims

Traumatic brain injuries are an unfortunately common occurrence in the United States. The Center for Disease Control's most recent available data reports that more than 60,000 people died from traumatic brain injuries in the US in a single year. That is more than 600 traumatic brain injury-related hospitalizations per day. Additionally, more than 220,000 people were hospitalized for traumatic brain injuries—a staggering number that does not even include those traumatic brain injuries that were seen by a general practitioner or went altogether untreated. Those who survive a traumatic brain injury are often left with lasting, serious physical or cognitive disabilities that require costly long-term medical care.

At Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, our attorneys have assisted thousands of accident victims with traumatic brain injuries. We understand the deep physical, emotional, and financial toll these injuries take on the injured person and their family. We are dedicated to fighting for each injured client to receive the maximum compensation they may be entitled to by law. 

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The medical community defines a traumatic brain injury as an injury that changes the way a person's brain functions. According to the CDC, these injuries can be caused by a "bump, blow, or jolt to the head" or by a "penetrating injury." These injuries vary from "mild"—or presenting symptoms that only last a short period of time and require minimal medical intervention—to "severe," in which the injured person's quality of life is drastically affected. The long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury can include serious, lasting brain damage that can result in a lifetime of medical care and lasting cognitive and/or physical disability. An individual who suffers a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury could require round-the-clock medical care, surgery, mobility devices, rehabilitation, accessibility options in their home, and other adjustments to their everyday life.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

The CDC's most recent data found that falls and motor vehicle crashes are among America's top causes of traumatic brain injuries. With approximately 600 TBI-related hospitalizations each day, traumatic brain injuries are serious. Additionally, firearm-related incidents and assaults also contribute to the top causes of TBIs. 

Even minor TBIs can contribute to overall health issues. Symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury include learning, memory, concentration, and problem-solving issues. Repeated mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions) could lead to a "longer recovery or more severe symptoms," according to the CDC.

Especially vulnerable to traumatic brain injuries are people over 75 years old, who accounted for approximately 32% of TBI-related hospitalizations. Males "are nearly two times more likely to be hospitalized" than females for a traumatic brain injury, and, tragically, children accounted for nearly 16,500 TBI-related hospitalizations.

No matter the injured person's age, TBIs put an enormous strain on individuals and their families. The CDC estimates that the direct and indirect lifetime medical costs of traumatic brain injuries in the US add up to approximately $76.5 billion

Our attorneys at Montlick & Associates know the massive toll that traumatic brain injuries place on individuals and families. That is why our attorneys are committed to helping our clients receive the maximum compensation for each viable case, which may include financial recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, and more. Our firm is here to help navigate the legal and insurance systems so you and your family can focus on felling better.

Montlick & Associates Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys Can Help

Any type of traumatic brain injury can be a terrifying diagnosis. If you have sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident, a personal injury lawyer can help seek possible compensation from the party at fault for your injury. Our experienced attorneys will investigate the facts and circumstances of your potential case and advise you of your legal rights as well as the necessary steps to protect those rights.

If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury in any type of accident, the traumatic brain injury attorneys at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. For over 38 years, our firm has assisted individuals with traumatic brain injuries and their families across the United States. No matter where you are located, our attorneys are only a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your free consultation, or visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our free case evaluation form or 24-hour live online chat.

Sources

https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html

https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/data/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/moderate-severe/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pubs/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/concussion/index.html

Category: Personal Injury

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