Every year, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) result in a substantial number of deaths and many cases of permanent disability. Millions of people sustain traumatic brain injuries every year and roughly one third of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. are linked to a traumatic brain injury.
Falls are the leading cause of TBI, particularly for children and older adults or for workers employed in the construction and manufacturing industries. Motor vehicle crashes are responsible for the largest percentage of traumatic brain injury related deaths across all demographics.
A non-fatal severe traumatic brain injury may lead to a wide range of short or long term issues which can include cognitive, motor, sensory and emotional impairments. More than 5 million Americans are living with a traumatic brain injury related disability, which can affect their ability to work, maintain relationships, manage day-to-day tasks or participate in activities of daily living.
Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may not appear until days or weeks following an injury accident. A concussion is a mild type of brain injury which can cause a headache, dizziness, fatigue and ringing in the ears. Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury may present as a concussion, but may also develop symptoms such as a worsening headache, nausea, convulsions or seizures, slurred speech, weakness, numbness in limbs, vision or hearing loss and more. It is critical to be evaluated by a medical professional if you sustain a head injury.
For victims of traumatic brain injury and their loved ones, a traumatic brain injury literally changes their lives. The recovery process following traumatic brain injury can be extensive and costly and many times the burden of care and expense falls on a family of an individual with traumatic brain injury. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury in an accident, you may be entitled to compensatory damages from those responsible. These damage may include medical expenses, loss of wages and pain and suffering and punitive damages.
In the tragic loss of a family member to injuries sustained in an accident, a wrongful death claim can help your family obtain compensation for funerary costs, loss of income and loss of consortium as you work through the grieving process.
It is important to seek the help of an experienced brain injury lawyer to help you and your family understand your options. Contact Des Moines Traumatic Brain Injury lawyer Marc Humphrey for immediate assistance if you or a family member has been injured at 515-331-3510.