Some people are able to recover from a traumatic brain injury – others are left disabled for a lifetime.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) may result from a blow, jolt, or bump to the head, or an object penetrating the skull. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBIs are responsible for nearly 30 percent of all injury deaths. Those who suffer from a TBI often face serious challenges. Some patients have to live with cognitive and motor disabilities, emotional problems, and long-term hearing and vision problems. While some people are able to recover from their injury, others are left disabled for a lifetime. Some remain in a vegetative state for the rest of their lives with no hope of recovery.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
TBIs can result from anything from a motor vehicle accident to a fall. In many cases, the underlying cause is reckless, negligent, or even intentional conduct of another person. Causes of TBIs include:
- Falls – Slip and fall accidents can occur at construction sites due to defective scaffolding or ladders or due to a property owner’s failure to maintain the property. According to the CDC, more than 50 percent of TBIs sustained by children 14 years or younger involve falls. 50-70 percent of nursing home residents suffer a fall each year and 20 percent of these accidents result in serious injuries including TBIs.
- Motor vehicle accidents – If the victim’s head strikes an object or receives a sudden jolt from the impact, a TBI can occur.
- Struck against/by – Contact with objects such as a warehouse worker being hit by a falling container can cause TBI. Athletes are particularly prone to concussions, which can lead to permanent damage.
- Assaults – If a victim of assault is hit in the head or an object penetrates the skull, a TBI may result. Assault may occur due to poor security arrangements at shopping malls or stores.
- Birth injuries – TBI can result due to negligent use of birth assistive tools such as vacuum or forceps. Brain injuries sustained during birth can lead to cerebral palsy.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
Symptoms of TBI depends on its severity. A patient may experience:
- loss of consciousness lasting from seconds to up to minutes
- feels confused, dazed, or disoriented
- vomiting or nausea
- dizziness or balance problems
- drowsiness or fatigue
- sleep problems
- ringing in the ears
- blurry vision
- light and sound sensitivity
- changes to the sense of smell
- memory issues
- depression or anxiety
- mood swings or changes
Chicago Auto Crash Attorney
If you have suffered a TBI in a motor vehicle accident, consult with a Chicago auto crash attorney from Willens Law Offices. We will help you recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs associated with the injury. For a free consultation, call us at (312) 957-4166.