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TBI is a major cause of death and disability

On Behalf of | May 13, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability in Florida and across the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 64,000 Americans died from TBI-related injuries in 2020, which is around 176 fatalities per day.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury is a sudden head injury that disrupts the way the brain works. It can occur during any event that causes a bump, blow, jolt or penetrating injury to the head. Common causes of TBI include car accidents, falls, sports injuries, gunshot wounds and physical assaults.

Symptoms of a mild TBI may include:

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Memory or concentration problems

Symptoms of a moderate or severe TBI may include:

  • Loss of consciousness for several minutes to hours
  • Persistent or worsening headache
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Clear fluids draining from nose or ears
  • Profound confusion
  • Loss of coordination
  • Agitation or combativeness

Health problems associated with traumatic brain injuries

A TBI can lead to a variety of short- or long-term health conditions, including memory problems, mood changes and coordination issues. People with a mild TBI may recover after a few weeks or months, but people with more serious injuries could face years of rehabilitation or be left with a permanent disability. In the most severe cases, a TBI can cause coma, a vegetative state or brain death.

Individuals who suffer a TBI due to the actions of another party, such as a negligent driver, may seek compensation for their losses in court. Typical damages sought in personal injury cases include pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.

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