Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) plays a significant role in substantial number or injuries that lead to death or permanent disability each year in the United States. These injuries can be caused by a blow, bump, or jolt, or other trauma to the head that interferes with normal brain function. TBIs can vary in terms of severity, and the outcomes are usually dependent upon how severe the initial injury was. The types of incidents that can lead to TBI include slips, falls, car accidents, sports injuries, or violence. If your TBI was the result of an injury sustained due to someone else’s fault, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced Coweta County personal injury attorney.
According to statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 1.7 million deaths, hospitalizations, and ER visits related to TBI each year in the United States. 4 of these 5 people are released treated and immediately released from the emergency department. TBI is a contributing factor to nearly a third of all injury-related fatalities in the U.S., comprising 52,000 deaths per year.
Ways to avoid traumatic brain injury
Because TBIs can serious injury, it is important to know what steps you can take to avoid them According to the CDC, you can significantly reduce the risk of you or a loved one sustaining a TBI by:
- Wearing a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a car or other motor vehicle
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- When necessary, wear a helmet and require your children to do the same
- Make living areas safer for children and adults
Falls are the leading cause of TBI, and the rates for TBI caused falls are highest for children under the age of 5 and adults 75 years old or older. Additionally, car accidents are the leading cause of TBI related deaths. The rates of car accident related TBI are greatest for people who are 20 to 24 years old.
Contact a Coweta County traumatic brain injury attorney for a free consultation
Traumatic brain injury may result in permanent disability and even death. As a result, a person who sustains a TBI may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earnings, or loss of enjoyment of life, among other damages. In order to determine whether you have a claim, you should have your case reviewed as soon as possible by an experienced Coweta County traumatic brain injury attorney. The Law Offices of Shane Smith is made up of attorneys who are dedicated to helping people who suffer injuries recover from those responsible. In order to schedule a free initial consultation, contact us today at (770) 487-8999.