According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Of those, 1.365 million result in emergency room treatment, 275,000 result in hospitalization, and 52,000 result in death. Over 35 percent of TBIs are caused by slip and fall accidents, and more than 17 percent are the result of automobile accidents.
Traumatic brain injuries are categorized as mild, moderate, or severe, as determined by the amount of time the patient lost consciousness after the blow to the head, and the severity of their memory loss. Mild TBIs can take months to heal, and severe ones can cause permanent disability. TBIs can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, balance issues, blurred vision, seizures, trouble speaking, and motor impairment. Even more insidious, they can cause functional and emotional issues such as personality changes, depression, memory impairment, mood swings, short attention span, and difficulty forming sentences. Perhaps most distressing, the onset of TBI symptoms are often delayed, meaning they can show up weeks or even months after the injury.
A traumatic brain injury can be life-changing. If you or a loved one is the victim of a TBI due to another person’s negligence, you should immediately contact Injury Law On Call, experienced attorneys, in these types of injuries.
In a court of law, to find another individual negligent and responsible for your injury, you will need to prove all of the following items:
- The law requires the accused individual to show you reasonable duty of care, and that person failed to do so.
- Action or inaction taken by the accused caused your injuries.
- Your injuries are measurable under the law.
As you can see, the issues involved are quite complex, so an attorney’s guidance is crucial to building a successful case.