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Raising Brain Injury Awareness

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 consultation.