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Traumatic Brain Injuries

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The Causes, Symptoms and Consequences of TBI

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

  1. 1. TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIESThe Causes, Symptoms and Consequences of TBI
  2. 2. WHAT IS A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY? When a blow or jolt to the head results in dysfunction or damage to the brain, it is called a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be mild to severe. Concussions, for example, are considered mild TBIs. Severe TBIs can cause permanent brain damage and mental impairment.
  3. 3. FAST FACTS ABOUT TBI  On average, over 150 people are killed from injuries that include TBI.  Around 1.7 million people suffer TBIs in the United States every year.  TBI contributes to around one-third of all injury deaths.  Every year, TBI leads to over 2 million emergency department visits, 280,000 hospitalizations and 50,000 deaths.
  4. 4. VEHICLE ACCIDENTS AND TBI Traumatic brain injuries are a common injury in serious vehicle accidents. Vehicle crashes are the third overall leading cause of TBI-related ED visits, hospitalizations and deaths in the United States. Crashes were the leading cause of TBI-related death for people ages 5 to 24.
  5. 5. FALL-RELATED TBI Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries, accounting for nearly half of TBI- related emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths. Fall-related TBIs are more likely to occur among people ages 0 to 14 and people ages 65 and over.
  6. 6. TBI AND THE WORKPLACE Brain injuries are a major concern in the workplace, especially in industries where workers do their job from great heights or with heavy equipment. Researchers at NIOSH found that TBI accounted for 22% of all occupational injury deaths and 46% of fatal falls. The leading causes of occupational TBI were vehicle crashes, falls, assaults and violent acts, and contact with objects/equipment.
  7. 7. SYMPTOMS OF TBI Headaches 1 Blurred Vision 2 Slurred Speech 3 Dizziness 4 Nausea 5 Confusion 6 Agitation 7 Loss of Consciousness 8
  8. 8. LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF HEAD INJURIES Difficulty Processing Language Learning Difficulties Memory and Reasoning Impairment Depression Anxiety Personality Changes Physical Disability
  9. 9. TBI INCREASES RISK OF OTHER ILLNESSES AND INJURIESSomeone who has suffered a TBI is:  50 times more likely to die from seizures  11 times more likely to die from unintentional food poisoning  9 times more likely to die from infections  6 times more likely to die from pneumonia. TBI victims are also at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders.
  10. 10. LEGAL OPTIONS FOR TBI SUFFERERS If you have suffered a brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, you can take legal action to recover compensation for the costs associated with your injury. A personal injury claim affords an injured person the opportunity to get compensation for medical bills and other medical-related expenses, lost income, lost work capacity, pain, suffering and any other related costs.
  11. 11. CONTACT STEVEN H. HEISLER TO LEARN MORE... The Baltimore injury attorney Steven H. Heisler has years of experience handling personal injury claims in Maryland. If you’ve been injured and want to consider your legal options, contact Steven H. Heisler today by calling (410) 625-4878 or filling out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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