Traumatic Brain Injury Defined

Traumatic Brain Injury Defined

brainA 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.