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CDC: Traumatic Brain Injury a Serious Public Health Issue for Americans

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health issue in the United States. Traumatic brain injury occurs when an external force puts pressure on the brain and disrupts in normal function. The following chart from the CDC shows the most common causes of TBI in the United States (source: http://www.cdc.gov/features/dstbi_braininjury/):

 

According to the data, there are about 1.7 million traumatic brain injury related deaths in the United States each year. Less severe TBIs can also cause serious and possibly permanent disability.  Some of the conditions that may result after a person suffers a TBI include coma, post-concussion syndrome, trouble concentrating, slower thinking, difficulty concentrating, problems forming new memories, and problems with “executive functioning,” such as planning, organizing, switching focus and attention, remember details, self-control, or self-evaluation.

Physical problems that occur immediately after a traumatic brain injury may include headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, bad taste in the mouth, problems with balance or coordination, or seizures, among others.

A person with a significant traumatic brain injury may require ongoing medical care for a significant length of time. In addition, the after-effects of the TBI may make a person unable to work or even care for themselves. As a result, in cases where a person’s traumatic brain injury was the result of another’s negligence, the recovery can be quite significant.

Contact a Fayette County brain injury attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, it is important that you consult with an experienced Atlanta brain injury lawyer. The highly specialized topics that arise in brain injury cases require an equally specialized attorney. Brain injury cases bring up issues that are not present in an average personal injury case, and a lawyer without experience in the field will likely not be aware of many of the medical issues that can arise. The Law Offices of Shane Smith is comprised of a team of Fayette County brain injury lawyers who are dedicated to representing the rights of those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call The Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 484-8999 today.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia