Head injuries can be devastating injuries that may have lasting effects and often require extensive rehabilitation. New and emerging research has shown that head injuries and concussions may play an even greater role than initially thought in the development of conditions such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and other neurological conditions. According to the CDC, an estimated 1.7 million people suffer a TBI injury annually. Approximately 52,000 people will die from those injuries and approximately 275,000 will be hospitalized.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) define a concussion as “a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works.” TBI injuries may range from “mild” to “severe.”
There are different forms of head injuries which include:
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Sporting injuries
What Causes a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI):
Slip and Falls (Falls are leading cause of TBIs particularly for children aged 0-4 and for adults aged 75 years and older and account for over 35% of all TBI injuries).
Motor vehicle accidents (Motor vehicle injuries are the second leading cause of TBI-related death or injuries and account for approximately 17% of all TBI injuries. Rates are highest for adults between ages of 20 to 24 years old).
Assaults account for approximately 10% of all TBIs.
Unknown or “Other” causes of TBI may include work or construction site accidents, sports injuries, and pedestrian accidents, among other causes and account for approximately 21% of all Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Brain injuries can result in impaired speech, loss of sense of smell, sight or hearing, emotional problems and depression. People who suffer concussion are also at increased risk for developing post-concussion syndrome, which is characterized by persistent symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, irritability and problems with memory and attention.
According to one study, approximately 40% of those hospitalized for TBI related injuries have lasting complications, which may require ongoing care including care for the following areas:
- Improving memory function
- Managing mood swings and depression
- Occupational therapy to assist those needing to get back into the work force
If you or a loved one has sustained a head injury or suspect that you may have suffered a head or brain injury, it is important to consult with a doctor or visit an emergency room immediately. Testing for head injuries may include, MRI scans, CT scans and PET scans.
The attorneys at Curran & Desharnais, P.C. hope for your safety. But if you find yourself in a situation where you require legal representation, contact us. We provide experienced representation for people who have suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries throughout the Greater Boston area and Massachusetts. We will hire the right experts who can evaluate the degree of your injuries and assess the impact that the injury will have over the course of your lifetime.
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Below are some helpful resources on TBI injuries: