A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden force impacts the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild/moderate to severe, depending on the force and location of impact. A blow to the head or a severe jerk to the body can cause a TBI.
A traumatic brain injury can cause life-altering consequences. In the mildest forms, a TBI can result in damage to brain cells. Moderate and severe injuries – like those resulting from a serious car accident – can include deep bruising of brain tissues, tearing, bleeding, and other physical damage. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can range from nausea and dizziness, to loss of coordination, profound confusion, and unconsciousness. In the most severe cases a TBI can lead to death.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that slips and falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injury in the United States. Forty percent of TBIs are caused by slip and fall accidents. For children aged 0-14, falls account for 55 percent of TBIs. For older adults, age 65 and older, the number is even more staggering. A full 81 percent of traumatic brain injuries in the elderly is caused by falls.
Have you or someone you love suffered a TBI in a slip and fall accident? At the Law Offices of Houston M. Smith, we are here to help. Contact us for your FREE consultation today.
It is estimated that each year in the United States along, 300,000 individuals suffer traumatic brain injuries as the result of car accidents. In reality, that number may be quite a bit higher since TBI’s aren’t always immediately obvious. Perhaps this is why TBI is often referred to as a “silent” epidemic.
In many instances distracted or aggressive driving, impairment due to drinking or consuming other substances behind the wheel, and other dangerous/negligent driving practices cause a motor vehicle accident that results in a brain injury. Even worse, much of the time the injured party is not at fault.
If you or someone you love suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as the result of a slip and fall accident or car wreck, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Houston M. Smith, P.C. we are committed to helping our clients work through the complicated issues of liability and negligence in traumatic brain injury cases. Contact us today at (972) 325-6042 for more information.