Traumatic Brain Injuries Due to Accidents Affect 1.7 Million in the US Each Year
Many types of injuries occur as a result of accidents. Traumatic brain injuries due to accidents are among the most serious types of injuries that may occur. Traumatic brain injury, TBI, is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million people every year in the U.S. suffer a traumatic brain injury. Car accidents are the leading cause of TBI.
How TBI Occurs
Traumatic brain injury occurs when someone experiences a severe blow to the head. The head may strike an object, such as the windshield, in an accident. It may also be caused by whiplash. In such injuries, bleeding often occurs around the brain. The brain may swell and bruise, causing serious harm even after the initial injury has happened. A person may not immediately realize that his head injury is serious. For this reason, any time a head injury happens the person should seek medical assessment and treatment.
TBI may cause temporary or permanent damage. TBI is a medical emergency, and the faster it is treated, the better the chances of recovery are. When swelling is present, surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure on the brain. In severe cases, the brain may experience a lack of oxygen. This will cause permanent brain damage. The extent of brain damage may not be immediately apparent. Only after the patient is stabilized and the swelling decreases will the doctor be able to better assess the outcome.
Long Term Prognosis
Many factors must be considered when determining the long-term prognosis of a TBI patient. Some patients will make a full recovery, while others may suffer permanent disabilities. Every injury is different, and each patient has a unique set of circumstances that will contribute to the outcome. TBI requires extensive medical treatment, and in some cases, ongoing care.
Costly Medical Expenses
Medical care for TBI patients can reach astronomical costs. The treatment is usually lengthy, and recovery can take months or even years. This medical treatment and rehabilitative care will be extremely expensive. The costs should be paid for by the responsible party. If the TBI was the result of an accident, the driver or drivers who were liable should pay for the resulting damages. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to assist you in resolving your case and achieving a fair payment.
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