Brain injuries are one of the most serious and devastating types of injury suffered by people of all different ages. More than 1.7 million people in the United States suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) every single year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a shocking number that shows just how impactful these types of injuries truly are. There are many different causes of TBI, from serious car or bike accidents, construction site accidents, or slip and fall incidents. One of the main reasons that brain injuries are so serious and life-changing is the long-term effects. The symptoms of TBI can take weeks, months, or even years to surface, making it difficult to know what treatments to offer immediately following an accident. As each individual’s situation is different, the long-term consequences are nearly impossible to predict. What we do know is that there is a higher likelihood than other injuries that there will be some side effects from TBI, many of which may hinder an individual’s ability to work or live an enjoyable life.
In most cases, TBI victims will need to undergo extensive therapy and will have to deal with mounting medical bills for the rest of their lives. As knowledgeable Oklahoma personal injury lawyers, it is our goal to ensure you receive compensation for the injuries you sustained as well as any future damages. Regardless of the type of accident you were involved in, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention even if a brain injury is not immediately apparent.
Causes of TBI
According to several studies, car accidents are by far the most common cause of TBI. In fact, more than half of all traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. are caused by motor vehicle crashes. In many cases, the driver who was at-fault or negligent, resulting in the accident, may be held liable. Here is a look at a few of the other common causes of TBI:
- Firearm accidents
- Slips and falls
- Struck by an object
Future Consequences of TBI
Some of the most common long-term consequences of TBI include the following:
- Brain-tissue tearing
- Brain swelling
- Cognitive impairment
- Brain bleeding
- Blood clots
If you or a loved one was involved in a serious accident and sustained injuries to the head or brain, contact a personal injury attorney from Atkins & Markoff right away.