How Serious Can a Brain Injury Be?
The most common type of brain injury that results from an accident are traumatic brain injuries (TBI). This type of brain injury is caused by a bump, jolt, or blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function. TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe, life-threatening injuries. The consequences of traumatic brain injuries can impact every facet of your life including your relationship with your family and friends, your ability to work, and your ability to participate in everyday activities.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may be facing mounting medical bills and lost earning capacity in addition to the devastating physical and emotional impact of such a severe injury. If your injury was caused by the negligence or recklessness of a third party, you may be entitled to compensation for your past and future medical costs, physical limitations, physical pain, mental anguish, and loss of earning capacity. The qualified Houston personal injury attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. have over 27 years of experience handling cases involving serious brain injuries. We are dedicated to assisting victims and their families in obtaining the compensation they deserve so that they can move on with their lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.7 million people sustain a TBI every year and it is a factor in one-third of all injury-related deaths in the United States. On average, about 75% of TBIs that occur each year are considered mild. People who suffer more severe TBIs are more likely to require hospitalization. Approximately 275,000 people who suffer a TBI require hospitalization annually and over 1 million more were treated and released from emergency rooms.
According to the CDC, falls and being struck by an object on the head are the two most common external causes of TBI. Car accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths in America. TBI can also be caused by sports activities, violence, dangerous or defective products, or any accident that results in impact to or jarring of the head.
Symptoms of TBI
Depending on the severity of the TBI, symptoms can persist for days, weeks or even longer. The symptoms can include:
- Difficulty thinking clearly
- Feeling slowed down
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory issues
- Mood changes; irritability, anxiety, sadness
- Nausea, dizziness, or vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Sensitive to noise or light
- Feeling fatigued
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Loss of balance
If you or your family member are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek immediate medical assistance. It can sometimes be difficult for people to recognize a TBI following an accident as they may attribute certain symptoms to other injuries or medication. Treatment for TBI varies depending on the severity of the injury. Treatment can range from minimal physical intervention to more drastic steps including medications, emergency surgery, or surgery years later. For those with more severe TBI, it can lead to long-term impairment of cognitive and motor function.
The Krist Law Firm, P.C. has over 27 years of experience handling cases involving traumatic brain injuries. We understand the personal and financial toll a traumatic brain injury can take on victims and their family. Our Houston personal injury lawyers are committed to helping the victims of traumatic brain injuries get access to the resources they need to improve their quality of life.
We will work closely with you and your family to develop a legal strategy to help you obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. To learn more about your legal options, contact us today at 281-283-8500 . We offer a free consultation and there are no fees unless we win your case.