Brain injuries can dramatically alter the lives of victims. Victims can be left struggling with physical, financial and emotional harm that will not leave them the same for the rest of their lives. As a result, victims need to understand the legal protections available to them.
Brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability in the United States. The impact of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be lifelong or may last for a number of days. Additionally, symptoms may worsen over time and may not be immediately evident, or the extent of which may not be immediately evident, following the victim suffering the brain injury. The impact of the brain injury can worsen over time. Brain injuries are caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head.
Car accidents are the second-leading cause of traumatic brain injuries and their numbers are increasing. From 2006 to 2014, TBI-related hospitalizations, emergency room visits and deaths increased by 53%. During 2014, an average of 155 victims died each day throughout the U.S. from injuries including traumatic brain injuries. Victims of traumatic brain injuries can experience disrupted cognitive function; emotional and mood disturbances; sensory challenges; and physical problems all associated with traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries can leave victims unrecognizable to family and friends and leave them unable to perform common daily tasks they once performed with ease or hold a job.
Traumatic brain injuries can be costly to treat and sometimes those costs can last a lifetime. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims with the physical, financial and emotional costs of a brain injury when they have been injured by a negligent driver.