How Common Are TBIs Following Car Accidents?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a serious and potentially life-threatening injury often caused by motor vehicle or slip and fall accidents. On average, over 2.5 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year in the United States. In addition, there are approximately 50,000 TBI’s that result in death and 80,000 result in permanent disability each year.

At The Barnes Firm, our experienced team of personal injury attorneys know how dangerous a traumatic brain injury can be. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a motor vehicle accident, pedestrian accident, construction accident, or slip and fall accident, call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a free initial consultation.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

A traumatic brain injury occurs when a sudden physical force causes damage to the brain. These external forces could include a blow to the head or a fall. This force can cause brain damage, which can lead to physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments. The severity of a TBI will depend on the circumstances surrounding the accident but can range from a mild headache or concussion to a severe brain injury or coma.

Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths and hospitalizations. Other common causes of TBIs include falls, sports-related injuries, and physical assaults.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents account for approximately 17.3% of all traumatic brain injuries. When a person is involved in a car accident, their head can be violently jolted and/or struck, resulting in a traumatic brain injury.

Slip & Fall Accidents

It is estimated that 16.5% of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by slip and fall accidents. When a person slips and falls, often their head will make contact with the ground, causing a traumatic brain injury.

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Symptoms of TBI

The symptoms of TBI can vary depending on the severity of the head injury. Common signs of a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Blurred vision
  • Memory problems
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Difficulty concentrating

Should I See a Doctor After a TBI?

It is important to seek medical attention immediately after a traumatic brain injury. A doctor can assess the extent of the injury and provide necessary treatment. Additionally, a doctor can help you understand the long-term effects of TBI and provide advice on how to manage symptoms.

Contact a Trusted Attorney at The Barnes Firm Today

Traumatic brain injuries are serious and can have long-term consequences. If you or a loved one have suffered a TBI due to a motor vehicle accident, pedestrian accident, construction accident, or slip and fall accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today. Our attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve so you can focus on your recovery.

Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation – it could be the best call you make.

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