Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries are complex and devastating, and can occur in all kinds of accidents. The Center for Disease Control defines a traumatic brain injury as “a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” Simple slip-and-fall damages can be severely exacerbated if the victim incurs a traumatic brain injury in the process. The Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Ansara Law Firm have represented clients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries and understand the severity of these injuries and the implications they have on victims and their families. Our firm strongly believes in holding the responsible party accountable for their actions, especially when someone incurs a traumatic brain injury. If you or a loved one recently sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car, motorcycle, boat, premise liability or any other kind of accident, call our firm immediately so we can get you the compensation that you deserve.QUICK STATS
- According to the CDC, traumatic brain injuries account for 30% of the total number of injury-related deaths in the United States.
- The same report states that an estimated 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries annually.
- Roughly 52,000 of which die as a result, about 275,000 will be hospitalized and 1.365 million (80%) receive emergency room treatment.
- The age groups most likely to sustain traumatic brain injuries are children ages 0-4, teenagers aged 15-19 and senior citizens 65 years and older.
- Those aged 75 years and older are most likely to die or be hospitalized from a brain injury.
- Across each age group, males are more likely to sustain a brain injury than females.
- 35.2% of traumatic brain injuries are the result of falls.
- 26.5% are caused by assault and battery altercations.
- 17.3% are caused by car, truck or motorcycle accidents in traffic.
- The remaining 21% is caused by unknown or other causes.
- In total, direct costs such as medical bills and indirect costs such as lost productivity associated with these injuries equal roughly $60 billion in just the U.S. alone.
The human brain is composed of very sensitive tissue and neurons that are essential to cognitive and physical function. When the head or brain sustains a trauma, the effects can be very dangerous and debilitating. There are two kinds of brain injury. One is a closed injury in which the head sustains a blow by blunt force to the skull. Common side effects from closed brain injury include:
- Loss of Consciousness
- Dilated Pupils
- Respiratory Issues
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaking from Nose or Ears
- Speech and Language Problems
- Vision Issues
- Emotional and Behavioral Issues
The other is penetrating brain injury, in which an object breaks through the skull and penetrates the brain. Penetrating brain injuries are much more dangerous and debilitating. When the skull is ruptured and the brain is directly damaged by the penetrating object. When the brain is directly injured, the effects can vary widely depending on the region of the brain that was affected. In one of the most renowned cases in the history of neuroscience, a man named Phineas Gage, a railroad worker, had an iron bar penetrate the frontal lobe of his brain while he was working in 1848. The frontal lobe of the brain controls a person’s temperament and personality. After the accident in which Gage’s brain was perforated, he made an astonishing recovery and was able to think, walk, speak and work properly, however his personality was fundamentally altered. Friends and colleagues said he was “no longer Gage,” as he began more frequently using profanity and would drink alcohol heavily and initiate fights with people around him- behavior that he did not previously exhibit.
If you recently sustained a brain injury in any capacity in an accident, call the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Ansara Law Firm to discuss your legal options. If someone else caused you to sustain a traumatic brain injury, the effects on your life can be catastrophic. Don’t leave your future and your livelihood up to an insurance company- call our Top-Rated attorneys today for a consultation.
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