A Brain Injury Accident is a potentially life altering event and may result in long-term or short-term impairments (under the AMA Impairment Guidelines 5th Edition). Brain injuries have differing levels of severity and affect each victim differently because each person's body is different, and each accident is very different bio-mehanically speaking. A person who has suffered a brain injury or brain trauma from an accident may have to readjust many areas of their life, and, sadly, they may not be able to continue living the way they did before the injury. Some areas that may be affected as a result of brain injury may include the following areas:

  • Speech and Language
  • Sequencing
  • Attention
  • Personality
  • Physical Movement
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Visual Skills
  • Reading
  • Memory
  • Mood
  • Hand-eye Coordination
  • Seizures
  • Balance
  • Swallowing

Tragically, brain injury impacts the lives of family members and loved ones as they must now help in the recovery process, and wonder what they can do next, especially if the injuries grow worse.  On top of this, is the legal considerations.  Should a lawsuit be filed, or is a lawyer consult necessary at certain point?  This process can be very daunting and emotionally and financial draining on the victim and loved ones. A variety of medications, surgeries, and rehabilitation may also be suggested, or even necessary.

You can check out a Quick Video I did on brain injuries and how to prove them in court here:

HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING STATISTICS OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY ("TBI" stands for "Traumatic Brain Injury"):

  • 1.5 million people sustain a TBI. Of those, 230,000 are hospitalized and survive (CDC 1999b; CDC 2001; Thurman et al. 1999).
  • 50,000 people die from a TBI, which accounts for one-third of all injury deaths (CDC 1996).
  • 80,000 to 90,000 people experience the onset of long-term or lifelong disability associated with a TBI (Thurman et al. 1999).
  • Among children ages 0 to 14 years, TBI results in an estimated 3,000 deaths, 29,000 hospitalizations, and 400,000 emergency department visits (Langlois et al. 2001).
  • Of the 1.5 million people who experience a TBI each year, approximately 1.1 million, or 75%, are concussions or other forms of mild TBI (CDC 2003).
  • An estimated 300,000 sports-related brain injuries of mild to moderate severity occur in the United States each year (Sosin et al. 1996).
 

 

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