TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) – A Complicated Injury
According to data from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Brain Injury Association of America, each year approximately 1.7 million children and adults, in the United States alone, suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there are approximately 5.3 million Americans currently living with a TBI. The most well-known among these are the thousands of former National Football League players suffering from the symptoms of traumatic brain injury, including those that have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease that afflicts the brain of people who have suffered repeated concussions and TBIs. While impact sports account for some TBIs, falls and motor vehicle accidents are the leading causes of TBIs in adults, affecting people from all walks of life.
A TBI is an injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. It can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, a penetrating head injury, or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. A person who suffers a TBI may have a wide range of symptoms. Some physical symptoms include headaches, dizziness, difficulty maintaining balance, loss of coordination, weakness, nausea, fatigue, and impaired speech, hearing and vision. Some cognitive symptoms include slowed reaction time and mental processing, impaired judgement, memory, attention and concentration, and difficulty making decisions, planning or multi-tasking. Emotional and behavioral impairments can also be seen, including apathy, depression, mood swings, anxiety, impulsivity, and decreased ability to control anger, aggression or frustration.
Each year, TBIs contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability requiring long-term treatment. Unfortunately, those who suffer TBIs in the workplace often face additional challenges. Often, insurance doctors do not know the injured worker’s normal abilities and may not be familiar with methods of identifying, diagnosing and treating TBIs. Those with work-related TBIs often face financial and other pressures to return to work despite ongoing symptoms and inadequate treatment. Those who suffer TBIs as a result of the intentional or negligent conduct of another face similar financial pressure. These pressures make it difficult for the injured person to resist offers to settle their workers’ compensation claim or personal injury claim, often resulting in settlements that are inadequate and premature.
Those with work-related TBIs, and those who suffer TBIs as a result of the intentional or negligent conduct of another person, are often placed in the difficult situation of working towards a return to their pre-injury level of functioning while dealing with issues related to their claim or case. It is important to select an attorney who is familiar with the cause of TBIs and who understands the complicated array of symptoms and behaviors an injured victim with a TBI will display. Please call Rudberg Law Offices, LLC for assistance with your TBI case.
Otherwise, if you have any questions about any type of injury, please feel free to contact the attorneys at Rudberg Law Offices toll free at 1.866.306.2667 or email [email protected].