A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as an alteration to the brain
caused by outside forces, such as a car crash or an assault. This is unlike
an acquired brain injury, which is considered non-traumatic, caused by
a stroke, hypoxic or anoxic brain injury, a tumor, or electric shock,
for example. TBIs often result in permanent neurological damage, though
the severity of its lasting impact may vary greatly. If the TBI is mild,
an individual may remain conscious or only lose consciousness for a matter
of seconds or minutes, in addition to possibly experiencing feelings of
lightheadedness, fatigue, trouble with memory, or blurred vision. Moderate
or severe TBI symptoms may include many of the same symptoms as well as
repeated vomiting, convulsions, slurred speech, and loss of coordination.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the
top leading causes of TBI are falls, unintentional blunt trauma, motor
vehicle accidents, and assaults. Most TBIs that occur are concussions
and generally mild. However, the CDC also states that TBIs contribute
to approximately 30% of all injury deaths, making it a major cause of
death and disability in the United States.
TBIs do not impact everyone similarly and some individuals are more susceptible
to TBI-related deaths than others. Men are vastly more likely than women
to die from a TBI and account for more non-fatal TBI hospitalizations.
Additionally, different age groups were more prone to specific types of
TBI-related deaths. For individuals 65 years or older, falls are a leading
cause of death. Among younger individuals, between the ages of 5 and 24,
motor vehicle crashes were a leading cause of death.
No matter the age or gender, however, head injuries are the most dangerous
injuries any person can suffer because of its potentially fatal or permanently
damaging effects. Many of these injuries occur as a result of negligence
or even malice.
The attorneys at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. handle a variety of
personal injury cases, including brain injuries. We know that a traumatic brain injury
can put an individual out of work or leave a trail of medical bills and
lifelong problems. Call us for a free case evaluation at
417-855-2022 to learn more about your legal rights.