Brain injury, specifically traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a serious type of injury that can affect anyone, anytime. You could be walking along, minding your own business, when a piece of debris falls from a construction site and strikes you, causing a serious brain injury. Or you could be driving your car, paying attention and doing everything right, and find yourself in a serious truck accident that causes catastrophic brain injuries. This can happen to anyone – you don’t have to work in a dangerous profession or take serious risks to suffer a traumatic brain injury.
What It Means To Have A Traumatic Brain Injury
The term “traumatic brain injury” covers a wide range of injuries caused by a traumatic accident or external stimuli. A traumatic brain injury, or intracranial injury, may be classified by the mechanism of injury:
- Closed head injury
A traumatic brain injury caused by blunt trauma, such as being struck by a blunt object, or striking your head against a surface.
- Penetrating head injury
A penetrating head injury, also called an open head injury, is a traumatic brain injury caused by an object that penetrates the head. Many widely-reported penetrating head injuries have involved construction workers getting nails in their head.
Traumatic brain injuries are also sometimes classified by the area of the brain that they affect, or the pathological features.
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, are:
- Falls: 28%
- Motor vehicle accidents: 20%
- Being struck by an object: 19%
- Bicycle accidents: 3%
Many of these injuries are the result of accidents caused by negligence, and if you’ve suffered a TBI due to negligence, you may be entitled to a financial recovery for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Prognosis For TBI
The long-term results of TBI vary. In mild cases of traumatic brain injury, you can recover in a matter of days or weeks and resume your regular life. You’ll require hospitalization for treatment, stabilization and observation, but you may not need long-term care or rehabilitation.
In severe cases of traumatic brain injury, though, you or a loved one could suffer long-term disability, coma or even death.
Consult an Attorney for Accident-Related Brain Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to an accident, you have rights. The Anderson Law Firm offers free consultations to individuals and families of individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Don’t let negligent individuals or companies get away with causing you a severe injury – call us or contact us online for your free consultation, and find out how we can help you recover from your injury and get back to your regular life.
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