The words brain injury sound scary, and rightfully so. When someone suffers a brain injury in a Georgia traffic accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or a work accident, there are several outcomes that can occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some of these outcomes can include:

  • About 275,000 brain injury patients are hospitalized annually.
  • 1,365,000 people are treated for brain injuries and released from the emergency department.
  • Over 50,000 people with brain injuries die each year.

Additionally, the outcomes of children up to the age of 14 who suffer a brain injury include:

  • 37,000 hospitalizations.
  • Approximately 435,000 emergency visits.
  • About 2,700 deaths.

These statistics indicate that the majority of people who suffer a traumatic brain injury in Georgia and throughout this nation sustain mild or moderate brain injuries—injuries that allow them to be treated at hospitals and released. Sadly, there is still a great percentage of people who die from traumatic brain injuries or live with lifelong disabilities.

For those who end up living with a mild brain injury, remember that there is nothing “mild” about it. It is still a very serious injury that needs the proper care and attention. Here is a list of tips to help aid mild brain injury victims in their recovery:

  • Don’t go back to work or school too soon. Ask your doctor when it is permitted and take things slowly.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Understand that your ability to react may be slower after a brain injury and don’t drive until you are allowed to do so.
  • Do not mix alcohol with the prescribed medications you are taking.
  • Stay away from any activity that could cause another head injury.

When a mild, moderate or severe brain injury causes you or a loved one an injury, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 to talk with an Atlanta brain injury attorney in a complimentary consultation today.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia
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