We often hear how our skulls are designed to protect our brains and that is true; however, brain injuries are not as difficult to receive as you might think. Even whiplash can cause an acquired brain injury. It is believed that up to one-third of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. are due to traumatic brain injuries. While most brain injuries do not require anything more than direction from a physician and rest, one look at the statistics show just how common they are.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year, there are more than 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) sustained in the United States. Of those, 52,000 people die and another 275,000 require hospitalization. Note, however, around 80% of these victims with brain injuries are treated and released from the emergency department where they sought medical assistance.
Three-quarters of the TBIs that occur annually are due to concussions and others are mild traumatic brain injuries or MTBIs. One look at the costs show how significant TBIs are. The CDC notes that direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI, such as lost productivity at work, cost an estimated $60 billion annually in the United States alone. Not only that, but as we age, the more likely it is to experience serious repercussions due to these types of brain injuries. And, as we know, the older we get, the more difficult it becomes to recover from any type of injury.
Because the brain “floats” in the skull, similar to what Jell-O might do in a bowl, what is seemingly a simple rear-end car accident can cause the front and back of the brain to “slap” against the skull interior. This can result in permanent damage to the axons in the brain, which are responsible for the communication inside the brain.
This can cause long-term problems with memory and learning. This is why it is important to not only seek immediate medical attention after an accident, but to also carefully consider your legal options. It’s important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who has handled past cases that involve TBIs. The brain injury lawyers of Cossé Law Firm stand ready to answer your questions and provide you with options you may not know you have. We will ask the important questions and make sure to use the best testing available to minimize the impact of a brain injury and what it means for you and your family while working to protect your financial future as well.
These are scary injuries, and many report that for some time, they lived waiting for the other proverbial shoe to drop. They can happen in a split second and from any number of scenarios. The last thing you need if you have incurred a TBI is to worry about how you will pay for the medical costs and the expenses that you can no longer afford because you are not working. Give our brain injury attorneys a call today and we will explore your options and potential resolutions.