Each year, more than 2.6 million people suffer some type of brain injury in the U.S. There are a number of reasons this type of injury may occur, including a trauma, stroke, tumor or some other illness. Of the 2.6 million victims, approximately 52,000 die every year because of a TBI (traumatic brain injury) and over 5 million who have suffered this injury require ongoing assistance in handling everyday tasks.
A TBI is not only dangerous because it can be fatal, but it may also be associated with several other symptoms, some that stick around for years after the injury took place. This means that brain injuries are serious health concerns and it is important that everyone knows what dangers they present.
If you, or someone that you love has been the victim of a TBI, then you need to contact a personal injury attorney for help right away. They can look over the facts of your case and figure out whether or not you have grounds to file a lawsuit.
Some of the most common accidents that cause a TBI injury can be found here.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you are involved in a car accident, your vehicle – regardless of size – is going to stop suddenly. This can result in everyone inside being thrown the opposite direction they were traveling. This type of violent stopping action can result in those inside hitting their heads on something in the vehicle, such as the dashboard, windows, center console or steering wheel.
Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents
When you ride a motorcycle or a bicycle you have much less protection than if you were in a traditional passenger vehicle. There is no type of protection provided by bikes, leaving the rider and any passengers open and completely exposed to the elements. As a result, if an accident occurs, the rider may hit their head, resulting in a TBI.
Slips and Falls
If a person happens to slip and fall, they are going to go down pretty quickly. The part of their body that hits the ground first will depend on how and why they fall. If they fall on a hard surface, their head may strike the ground, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. While this is a situation that can cause an injury to anyone, it is especially concerning for small children and the elderly because these are the individuals who are the least stable on their feet.
A boating accident is similar to a car accident in many ways. When an impact occurs, it will cause everyone on the boat to be thrown in the opposite direction of the way they were moving. Additionally, head injuries may occur on a boat due to the constant rocking motion.
If you have been the victim of a TBI, you need to contact a personal injury attorney. They can help you determine who is liable and receive compensation for the injuries you have suffered.