As a society we are becoming increasingly aware of the devastating impact traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can have on the injured person and their family. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about 1.7 million people sustain a TBI every year and a new TBI occurs every 15 seconds.
Common causes of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Falls – Falls are the leading cause of TBIs. Most common in children and adults aged 75 or older.
- Motor Vehicle Crashes – Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of TBI related deaths.
- Assaults – Blunt force trauma from assaults are a common cause of TBI.
- Being Struck by Falling Objects – TBIs can occur when a person is hit by a falling object. This can commonly happen in work-related injuries.
- Cerebral Hypoxia/Anoxia – Lack of oxygen to the brain can also cause TBI. Medical mistakes are a common cause.
It is important to be aware of the symptoms of TBI, because even so called “minor” TBIs (or concussions) can have devastating effects down the road. Common signs and symptoms include:
- Dizziness/Balance Problems
- Vision Problems
- Sensitivity to Light/Sound
- Difficulty Concentrating or Remembering
- Irritability, Increased Emotion or Sadness
Not every brain injury results in a loss of consciousness and many are not detectable on CT scans or MRIs. If you suspect you or a loved one has suffered a concussion or TBI it is important to seek medical attention right away. The road to recovery from a brain injury can be long and frustrating. Some studies indicate it may take years to fully recover from a TBI. This can place an extreme emotional and financial hardship on the injured person and their family. Some TBIs leave people with permanent residual cognitive, sensory, motor, and/or emotional impairments.
It is important to have an advocate who is experienced with handling brain injury claims to help you and your family recover from your injury and cope with any lasting changes left by the injury. The attorneys at Maschka, Riedy and Ries will devote the resources needed to present your brain injury claim in the most favorable light, including retaining highly specialized experts to explain the mechanism and effect of the brain injury.
The attorneys at Maschka, Riedy and Ries have successfully represented and fought for people suffering from traumatic brain injuries or concussions and their families. If you or someone you love has a brain injury, it is critical to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately to help you on the path to recovery.