According to the Centers for Disease Control, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury which is “caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” While the CDC categorizes TBI’s as ranging from mild to severe, recent research shows that even “mild” brain injuries causing concussions can have cumulative, long lasting effects.
The most recent statistics show that over half of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by falls or motor vehicle accidents. Other leading causes of TBI’s are collisions with moving or stationary objects, and assaults. These injuries occur most frequently in three distinct age groups: children under 4 years old, teenagers between 15 and 19 years old, and adults over 65 years old. Each year, approximately 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries, which can lead to substantial disability or even death.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident and has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights.