A traumatic brain injury or TBI is an injury to the brain caused by a trauma such as a car wreck or fall or other type of incident. It can lead to a permanent or temporary disability and the inability to work. A TBI can be in the form of a mild concussion or a more serious head injury, resulting in brain damage. This type of head trauma is often deadly. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries are more common than realized.
An estimated 1.7 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries each year. Of those, 52,000 people are likely to die and 275,000 people will require hospitalization. What is even more alarming is that these TBI cases contribute to nearly 30.5 percent of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
It is estimated that traumatic brain injuries cost about $60 billion dollars in direct medical costs, as well as indirect costs, such as lost productivity.
Know the signs of a TBI:
- Loss of consciousness
- Dazed, confused, disoriented
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes
- Slurred speech
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
- Dizziness or loss of balance or loss of coordination
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in ears
- Bad taste in mouth
- Changes in the ability to smell
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Memory or concentration problems
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Feeling depressed or anxious
Seek immediate treatment after any type of incident where there was an injury to the head, even if you believe that it was a minor blow to the head.
You can reach Miami Personal Injury Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email J.P. directly at [email protected].