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CDC Brain Injury Fact Sheet

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when some external force causes an injury to the brain disrupting its normal function. Common causes of TBIs include car accidents, sports injuries, firearms accidents, slip and falls, being struck in the head with an object, assaults, or explosions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI each year, and TBI is contributing factor to almost a third of all injury related deaths in the U.S.

While symptoms of TBI vary with the severity of the injury, some of the symptoms of TBI include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Bad taste in mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears

 

A common type of TBI is a mild concussion; these types of injuries are normally self-limiting and do not require significant medical intervention. On the other hand, more serious TBIs can result in potentially permanent disability, requiring ongoing intensive medical care.

According to the CDC, the age groups most likely to sustain TBI are children aged 0 to 4, older adolescents aged 15 to 19, and adults over 65. Also, in all age groups, males are more likely to have a TBI than females. Boys aged 0 to 4 have the highest rates of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths due to TBI.

These types of injuries can have long-lasting and even permanent effects that can negatively affect a person’s quality of life. In addition, ongoing medical care required to treat a TBI can exert considerable financial strain on a person or his or her family. If you have sustained a TBI and believe that it may have been due to someone else’s negligence it is important that you contact an attorney with experience handling traumatic brain injury cases.

Contact a Clayton County brain injury attorney today for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, it is important that you have your case reviewed as soon as possible by an experienced Clayton County brain injury lawyer. If someone else was responsible for you injury, you could be entitled to significant compensation. Due to the highly specialized nature of traumatic brain injury cases, it is important to have an attorney who is well-versed in TBI and the legal issues that it may raise. The attorneys at The Law Office of Shane Smith are committed to helping people with traumatic brain injuries recover for their injuries. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of Clayton County TBI lawyers, call us today at (770) 484-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia