Many people have heard about traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), but few realize how common these injuries are in the United States. Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that an estimated 52,000 people die every year in the United States as a result of a TBI. Another 275,000 are hospitalized and 1.365 million more receive emergency services annually. In all, nearly 1.7 million people suffer a TBI each year. One Oxford University report estimates the combined direct and indirect costs of TBI to have reached $60 billion in 2000.
CDC data indicates that falls account for the greatest number of TBIs each year, with an estimated 595,095. Motor vehicle or traffic incidences accounted for an estimated 292,202 TBIs annually, but were the leading cause of TBI-related death.
What Are the Effects of TBI?
Not every head injury results in TBI. In a case of mild TBI, the injured person may not lose consciousness, or may experience only a brief change in mental status or consciousness. Other symptoms of mild TBI range and may include headaches, lightheadedness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering things, and behavioral or mood changes. Those suffering from mild TBI may also experience blurred vision, ringing in the ears and a bad taste in the mouth.
Severe TBI results in an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia. Additional symptoms of severe TBI may include a headache that does not stop, nausea and vomiting, slurred speech, confusion, restlessness or inability to wake from sleep. In some instances, severe TBI may also lead to dilation of the pupils, loss of coordination, weakness, convulsions, seizures or even coma or persistent vegetative state (PVS).
Contact a Brain Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact a personal injury attorney who is experienced in handling brain injury cases. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical and mental impairment, mental anguish and pain and suffering. For more information, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today.