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How Can a Traumatic Brain Injury Affect a Family?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen to anyone. According to data from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 5.3 million Americans living with long-term impairments of a TBI. Every year, 1.7 million people will suffer a TBI in the United States, which amounts to someone experiencing a TBI every 19 seconds.

A traumatic brain injury is defined as a disruption in normal brain function due to an external force, such as a blow or jolt to the head. Some of the most common causes of TBI are falls, being struck against or by an object, and motor vehicle accidents, with children and the elderly being the most susceptible to brain injury.

Health Consequences of TBI

TBIs are classified by severity and can range from mild, moderate, or severe depending on the patient’s neurological signs and symptoms. Mild TBIs (also called concussions) are characterized by a brief change in mental status, while moderate and severe TBIs typically result in a period of unconsciousness and have longer-lasting health consequences such as temporary or permanent disability.

Depending on the severity of the TBI, health effects can resolve within a few days or last for the remainder of a person’s life. TBIs can lead to impairments in cognitive function, motor function, sensation, and emotion. This can mean difficulties communicating, diminished attention and memory, problems with coordination and balance, depression, anxiety, and personality changes such as increased anger and aggression.

Financial and Emotional Costs of TBI

When a person sustains a TBI, their entire family is affected. Given the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical impairments often involved with TBIs, it is not uncommon for family members to feel overwhelmed and stressed. Research from the Brain Injury Association of America has indicated that caregivers of TBI victims experience feelings of burden, distress, anxiety, anger, and depression.

Not only does this take an emotional toll on families, but the financial costs of TBIs can be significant. TBIs can prevent someone from returning to work. The recovery process can be both long and expensive, resulting in financial implications for the entire family. In fact, Research America reported that the average lifetime health care costs for TBI are approximately $85,000, but can greatly exceed that amount in more severe cases.

How a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

If you or your family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another person’s negligence, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your losses. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we understand the type of resources that are needed for the long-term care of a person suffering from a traumatic brain injury, and we are here to help.

We have over four decades of experience handling personal injury cases involving traumatic brain injuries and we know how to build a case to support your claim for compensation. We are committed to helping traumatic brain injury victims and their families obtain the compensation they deserve so they can focus on rebuilding their lives.

To learn more about what our skilled Houston personal injury attorneys can do for you, contact us today at (281) 283-8500. We offer a free consultation and there are no fees unless we win your case.