Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are major causes of death and disability in the United States. Around 1.5 million Americans experience TBIs every year. Of that number, thousands are hospitalized. Approximately 90,000 persons experience long-term disability due to the condition, and around 50,000 Americans die due to TBI.
In Washington, thousands of Americans are affected by TBI every year. For this reason, it is crucial to raise awareness about this condition.
What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is an injury affecting brain functions. TBI is a significant problem in the United States. Anyone can develop it, but research shows that specific populations are more prone to acquire brain damage or have poorer health due to an accident.
TBI is a complex problem. The condition emerges when an object suddenly and forcefully hits the head or when an object pierces the skull and injures the brain tissue.
Various events can cause TBI, including a car accident, a fall, or a blow to the head. The condition can lead to a wide range of symptoms, varying in severity. Some people may have only minor symptoms that last briefly, while others experience severe symptoms that last for a long time or even permanently.
How does a Traumatic Brain Injury Affect the Victims and Their Families?
TBI causes a wide range of cognitive, physical, and emotional symptoms and can profoundly affect victims and their loved ones. These symptoms could include headaches, speech problems, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, mood swings, and anxiety.
Meanwhile, the family taking care of the victim can experience distress, depression, and anxiety. TBI can also have a financial impact on the family, as the victim may require long-term care and support.
If you or someone you know experienced a TBI, it is vital to get help as soon as possible. Many resources are available to victims and their families to help them get started on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
There are many causes of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The most common include:
- Falls – Falls are the leading cause of TBIs. Young and older Americans may develop TBIs after falls from stairs, windows, and beds.
- Vehicle crashes – Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents are a leading cause of TBIs.
- Violence – Maltreatment, child abuse, and domestic violence are also significant causes of TBIs.
Rights of Victims of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injury is also considered a disability, and people with TBIs are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA protects them from discrimination in all areas of public life, including employment, schools, transportation, and more.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting from the negligence of another party, you should seek help from a reputable and skilled lawyer. Victims of TBIs in Washington have the right to seek compensation for their injuries, including damages for pain and suffering.
The team at Polaris Injury Law has more than 50 years of combined experience in helping clients ensure their legal right to compensation from individuals, corporations, and insurance firms. We are tireless advocates for those who have been injured, helping ensure that the at-fault parties are held responsible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment so we can begin discussing the facts of your case.