Brain Injuries can Have a Lasting Impact
Any brain injury can have lasting, devastating effects.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a brain injury each year. Of those, over 275,000 will be hospitalized, and more than 52,000 will die. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) result in approximately $60 billion each year in medical expenses, lost wages, lost productivity on the job and other related costs.Leading Causes of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can have a lasting impact on the body. Brain injuries such as concussions, contrecoup injuries or lack of oxygen to the brain's delicate tissues (hypoxia) can cause all manner of effects, which can include:
- Loss of sensory or motor function (can include paralysis, blindness/vision changes or loss of the ability to properly speak)
- Cognitive processing changes
- Memory loss (both short- and long-term, including losing treasured past memories or an inability to make new ones)
- Personality changes (including frustration or irritability at one's changed circumstances, lashing out at caregivers, depression, anxiety, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder/PTSD)
- Onset of ongoing headaches or other chronic pain
- Inability to concentrate or focus
- So-called "brain fog" characterized by difficulty processing ideas, slowed reaction times or an inability to think at the same level as before the injury
- Balance issues
Again according to the CDC, the leading causes of brain injuries in America are falls (accounting for approximately 35 percent of all TBI, particularly affecting people between the ages of one and four, and those over the age of 75), and motor vehicle collisions and 18-wheeler wrecks. Fall-related TBI may cause the highest numbers of ER visits and hospitalizations, but car crash-related injuries account for the greatest number of fatalities.
Other leading causes of TBI include:
- Abuse (particularly amongst children and the elderly)
- Being struck by or against something (like a falling object)
- Contact sports (much attention has been given in recent years to football and professional wrestling in particular given the increasing rate of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy/CTE in pro athletes)
Even so-called "mild traumatic brain injury" can have serious detrimental effects on the most basic activities of daily living. Cognitive neuropsychological testing, as well as diagnostic tests and scans (CAT scans, PET, SPECT and MRI) may be useful, and a thorough workup by qualified medical personnel (like neuropsychologists, neurologists, and occupational, physical and speech therapists, among others) are key to the proper diagnosis and long-term treatment of any brain injury.
If you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury because of the negligence or wrongful acts of another person, prepare for a lengthy rehabilitation period complete with rapidly mounting medical expenses, the need for physical or occupational therapy, hospitalization, prescription medications to manage symptoms and time away from work. While a lawsuit cannot turn back time and undo the injury, it can provide the financial security needed to pay for future treatment and compensate you for the physical and emotional trauma associated with such an injury; you have the right to bring a legal claim for the harms and losses suffered.
To learn more about your legal options, contact Robert Rush - a Texas Super Lawyer © - at the law office of Rush & Gransee, L.C. From a principal office in San Antonio, the firm handles serious injury cases throughout Texas, including across the Rio Grande Valley and the rest of the state. Call them toll free at 888-501-9299 or send an email today.