Every year, traumatic brain injury (TBI) results in hundreds of deaths and disabilities throughout the United States. TBI can be caused by any trauma to the skull and brain, including something as simple as a concussion. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 1.7 million people in the United States will sustain a TBI every year. Around 57,000 people will die of these TBIs, while another 275,000 will be hospitalized. TBI can have more costs and repercussions than you might think.
On top of their potential to kill, TBIs can cause a number of other issues. Using a mild TBI (concussion) as an example, this condition can cause a number of side effects people might not recognize as being caused by a TBI. A sports injury is often shrugged off so an athlete can keep playing. However, the athlete might sustain a closed head injury that results in internal bleeding with no external wound. Blood in the brain can have serious consequences, including killing brain cells in the damaged area. Likewise, two concussions sustained close together in time can often cause second-impact syndrome (SIS), which can cause the brain to swell rapidly and may cause severe disability or death.
The brain is also the central hub of the nervous system. It tells your body how and when to move, how to act, and interprets information from the world that gets from your eyes, ears, nose, fingers, limbs, tongue, and so on. Brain damage to different areas of the brain can result in various issues. For example, Broca’s area is a region in the frontal lobe of the brain. It helps with speech production. If this area of the brain is damaged, some people can lose their ability to speak, called aphasia. Sometimes people can relearn how to talk, but this can take an enormous amount of time. If your job requires communication, you can no longer work in the same field.
Other areas of the brain control emotional responses, memories, vision, and even consciousness. Damage to various brain tissues could influence the way you behave and the way you perceive the world. If your friends and family can’t cope with these changes, the damage could compromise your relationships.
Additionally, severe brain damage can also prevent people from working a steady job. Whether the injury has caused memory problems, concentration issues, or confusion, individuals with catastrophic brain damage might no longer be capable of working a 9-to-5 job. Those in this condition must either rely on workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, or the kindness of friends and family to care for them for the rest of their lives.
This kind of disability can also be a financial strain in terms of treatment. Brain damage could require extensive surgeries to attempt to fix the damage. Depending on the severity and type of injury, a person could also require rehabilitative care to help them relearn skills they once had before the accident. For example, some people must relearn to walk, write, speak, and so on. If some skills cannot be relearned, people might need adjustments to their home to accommodate their disability, which is an additional expense.
If you’ve been injured through the negligence or carelessness of another person or group, let us help. Our skilled Boulder personal injury attorneys have more than 60 years of collective legal experience to offer you. At Klein Frank, P.C., our lawyers are dedicated to helping those who have been wrongly injured or harmed by others. Medical expenses and lost wages add up, and those who experience a catastrophic injury are often left financially in the lurch by their injury. Let us see how much we can recover in your case. Each case is unique, so we will tailor our strategies to your particular circumstances. We can carefully examine the details of your situation to determine who should be held responsible for your injury. We have had success facing negligent manufacturers and individuals in negotiations and in court.
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