Motor vehicle accidents are a major source of traumatic brain injury. Car crashes and other traffic-related accidents are also the leading cause of deaths related to traumatic brain injury. In addition to the individual costs of a severe traumatic brain injury, there are also large societal and economic costs as well.
Severe traumatic brain injury may result from either a closed injury to the brain or a penetrating injury to the brain. A closed injury is one that is commonly caused by falls or a motor vehicle crash. Penetrating injuries typically result from bullets or a sharp object.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a number of possible consequences of a severe traumatic brain injury. These include:
- an extended period of unconsciousness or coma
- attention and memory problems
- weakness in the extremities
- impairment of coordination and balance
- impaired sensations (vision, hearing, touch)
- emotional issues such as anxiety or depression
These effects can be short-term, but often they persist and become chronic or long-term. It’s estimated that 5.3 million Americans have a traumatic brain injury-related disability. The fact is, severe traumatic brain injury can have an enormous effect on both the individual and on his or her personal and work lives.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, Bradley I. Kramer and his experienced legal team are here to help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.