What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic Brain Injuries, or (TBIs) as they’re often referred to, have gotten a lot of media attention over the past few years. From stories about football players, hockey players and other athletes getting injured during a game, or a soldier being hurt by an explosion or a driver receiving head injuries during an accident, the term, “TBI” has become more well-known.

According to statistics published by the CDC, every year, at least 1.7 million TBIs occur either alone or along with other injuries or illnesses. According to the CDC, a TBI is an injury that disrupts how the brain works. TBIs can result from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetration of the skull by a foreign object such as a knife or bullet. The most common causes of TBI are falls, motor vehicle crashes, sports, firearm injuries, blast (explosion) injuries, abusive head trauma, and being hit in the head by an object. A concussion is also a mild type of TBI. The CDC has produced information on who is most susceptible to Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Perhaps not too surprisingly, males have the highest rates of TBI. Young children and elderly adults are also at increased risk due to the dangers of falling. Adults over age 75 have the highest rates of TBI hospitalization and are more likely to die as a result of a TBI.

Adolescents and young adults (i.e., persons aged 15–24 years) have the highest rates of motor vehicle–related TBIs.

Protecting People from TBIs

To address the dangers posed by Traumatic Brain Injuries, the CDC has reached more than 60 million Americans with messages about TBIs through its Heads Up campaign materials. The following free materials are available to help people recognize and respond to a TBI:

Research and education efforts may help improve primary prevention of TBIs, including:

While we hope for your safety, if you or a family member has suffered TBI as a result of an accident, you may be able to recover for your injuries. Medical bills from TBI injuries and treatment can easily exceed $10,000-$40,000 and may even reach hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the extent of the injuries and treatment required. Sometimes, people may suffer lost wages if they are forced to stay out of work due to an injury and in some cases people may be unable to return to their previous occupation, which may result in serious economic damages and financial harm. In certain cases, if someone has sustained injuries and cannot return to their trade or occupation, the use of an economist may be required to assist in evaluating the scope of any lost future earnings, which can be substantial.

If you’ve been involved in an accident and have suffered a concussion or believe you have suffered a TBI, contact attorney Joseph Curran of Curran & Desharnais, P.C. today to discuss the situation and determine the next best steps, or call us directly at 781-618-3197 or 781-331-3811. The consultation is free.

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