Gwinnett County Brain Injury Attorney Shane Smith Answer Common Questions on Traumatic Brain Injuries
When someone is involved in an auto accident, they can experience a wide variety of injuries. Some people walk away from a car crash with little more than being emotionally shaken from the auto accident, but are otherwise fine. However, not every single person is lucky – sometimes people suffer serious and life-changing injuries. One type of life-altering injury is a traumatic brain injury.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
According to many non-profit organizations, a TBI is a forceful impact to your head and brain that disrupts your brain’s natural functions. Traumatic brain injuries can occur due to medical conditions, but those caused by auto accidents can affect a victim severely.
There are three different levels of traumatic brain injuries: mild, moderate or severe. Depending on the level of a traumatic brain injury, some victims may be able to recover fully, but with traumatic auto accidents, victims usually suffer disabilities and require medical attention for the rest of their lives, sometimes around the clock.
How many victims Traumatic Brain Injuries occur?
According to the Center for Disease Control nearly 1.7 million U.S. citizens suffer some type of traumatic brain injury every year. Of those more than 50,000 die from the traumatic brain injury and 125,000 people die from the injury. 275,000 people require extensive hospitalizations each year from this type of injury. Many people don’t know that not everyone who suffers a traumatic brain injury gets treatment for it and at a minimum 3.2 million Americans are permanently disabled due to this type of injury.
What are the common causes of Traumatic injuries?
While there is no single cause of a TBI, there are some general personal injury causes including:
- Auto accidents
- Crime victims
What demographics are at most risk/suffer from traumatic brain injuries?
Men are 1.5 times greater risk of becoming a TBI victim
The youngest (0 to 4 years old), older adolescents (15 to 19 years old), and senior citizens (people aged 65 years and older) are most likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries.
African Americans have the highest percentage of victims who die from traumatic brain injuries.
What are the financial costs of traumatic brain injuries?
Traumatic brain injuries cost the American economy $60 billion annually.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury or have a family member that has suffered one due to the negligence of an at-fault party, you may have a personal injury claim. Speak with a Gwinnett County brain injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith will help you determine what damages you may have and what you may be able to recover. Call your Georgia brain injury attorney today for your free legal consultation at (770) 487-8999 today!