In an effort to raise awareness of traumatic brain injury (TBI), we would
like to share that March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. As
San Diego injury lawyers, we have seen firsthand that TBIs can have profound
effects on survivors as well as their families.
TBIs are far more common than many expect. Every 13 seconds, someone in
the United States sustains a TBI. Even more concerning, 137 people in
the U.S. die because of a
TBI- related injury every day. At least 5.3 million Americans live with TBI-related disabilities.
TBIs, which are defined as damage to the brain resulting from external
mechanical forces, have a variety of causes. Some of the most common include
falls, sports-related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and assaults.
While falls are the leading cause of TBIs in the United States, motor
vehicle accidents contribute to more than one-third of all TBI-related deaths.
While TBIs also range in severity from a mild concussion to permanent loss
of brain function, all TBIs are serious injuries and have the potential
for long- term consequences. For instance, a TBI may impact the following:
- Cognitive function (e.g., impaired attention or memory);
- Motor function (e.g., extremity weakness or poor coordination and balance);
- Sensation (e.g., loss of hearing, vision, perception, or touch); and
- Emotion (e.g., depression, anxiety, aggression, loss of impulse control,
or personality changes).
In many cases, the process of diagnosing and treating a serious brain injury
can be challenging. Patients often require expensive hospital treatment
and rehabilitation. In. some cases, insurance companies may deny coverage
for recommended care, further exacerbating the burden on brain injury
victims and their families.
Even with proper medical care, TBIs can have life-long consequences. The
CDC reports that almost half (43 percent) of patients hospitalized for
a TBI have a related disability one year after the injury.
Our law firm has more than 30 years of personal injury law experience and has obtained more than $100 million in compensation for our clients, including
traumatic brain injury victims. To discuss your legal rights, don’t
hesitate to contact
a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free