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.