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With more than a million people residing in the two states, residents of Kentucky and Tennessee are exposed to a multitude of potential accidents. Freeways, highways, and city streets pose a daily threat to residents. As the traffic grows so do the number of motor vehicle accidents.
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A traumatic brain injury occurs when the brain becomes injured in some type of accident. A brain injury can occur from a slip or fall, an auto accident, workplace accident, or birth injuries. Every year thousands of people suffer a head injury that results in a traumatic brain injury, referred to as TBI.
What You Need to Know About Brain Injuries
• 30% of all brain injuries result from falls
• 20% are the result of an auto accident
• 20% are the result of being struck by an object
• 12% are the result of an assault.
• Men suffer brain injuries 1.5 times more often than women
• A brain injury occurs every 15 seconds in America
• More than 80,000 people will suffer permanent disability from a brain injury
• More than 50,000 people will die this year from a brain injury
• In the under 18 age group, traumatic brain injury is the #1 cause of death or disability
What are the Signs of a Brain Injury
If you have sustained a blow to the head or suffered whiplash-like injuries it is important that you seek medical attention immediately to determine if you have experienced a TBI. Even when symptoms are minimal a serious brain injury may have occurred, which is why you should seek treatment for any head injury before further injury develops. Brain injury symptoms can be delayed for hours, with symptoms not showing until swelling in the brain reaches a point that if affects the victim. Symptoms to look for include:
|• Dizziness||• Loss of balance||• Headaches||• Nausea and vomiting||• Blurred vision||• Drowsiness||• Confusion|
|• Intermittent disorientation||• Amnesia||• Short-term memory loss||• Poor judgment||• Poor concentration|
|• Depression||• Agitation||• Irritability||• Apathy||• Confrontational attitude||• Explosive temper|
|• Personality changes||• Impatience||• Fearfulness||• Sleep disruption||• Appetite disturbances|
Long Term Problems
TBIs are serious – they can be life-threatening events. Traumatic brain injuries commonly result in permanent, irreversible damage to the brain, with a profound outcome. TBIs can cause weakness, paralysis, or abnormalities including loss of sensation, coordination, or intellectual capacity. More tragic even than the physical injuries is the neurological and mental changes which can range from subtle and overlooked to seve and life changing. These may happen as a result of what appears to be a minor accident in which the brain is jarred. Symptoms, called soft signs, begin to appear afterwards, sometimes after long periods of time. In some cases, TBI causes complete memory loss or personality changes so severe it destroys the family unit.
In either case, a TBI can have a significant effect on the victim’s quality of life, inability to work, inability to interact with friends and family, loss of body function, and inability to care for oneself. The lawyers at Hughes & Coleman have the experience you want working for you to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to for your TBI. If you have suffered a brain injury or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, you need to speak to an experienced Kentucky, Tennessee and Southern Indiana brain injury attorney who will seek compensation on your behalf for medical cost, pain and suffering, long-term care needs, lost earning potential, lost wages, and other related costs. Complete a free Consultation Form online or call us today.