Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have a dramatic, and devastating, impact on the lives of victims and their families. It is essential to victims of TBIs who have been injured by a negligent driver in a car accident to be familiar with the different resources available to help them.
Car accidents are the second-leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury occurs when a bump, blow or jolt to the head disrupts the brain’s normal function. Unfortunately, this type of injury can be common in car accidents. TBIs are a major cause of death and disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency room visits and hospitalizations related to traumatic brain injuries increased by 53% from 2006 to 2014. During 2014, an average of 155 victims died each day from injuries including TBIs.
TBIs are serious injuries that can be fatal and can also be costly to treat. Victims of traumatic brain injuries can experience physical, sensory, cognitive and emotional deficits related to the brain injury they have suffered. They may face changes related to mood and personality and depression; problems with memory, attention and focus; sensory deficits including visual and related to their hearing; and other impairments as well. They may have problems with their relationships, daily tasks and at work related to a TBI.
Fortunately, a personal injury claim for damages can hold the negligent driver responsible and help victims of a traumatic brain injury with the physical, financial and emotional damages they unexpectedly suffered in a car accident. Traumatic brain injuries have a significant impact on society and communities but, most importantly, on victims and families which is why they need to be familiar with the legal protections available to help.