Accidents can often lead to devastating injuries or other consequences. One such serious injury is a traumatic brain injury, commonly referred to as a “TBI.” A TBI can occur due to sudden trauma to the brain, such as hitting your head on something or your head being hit by something. This can result in serious trauma to the brain. Unfortunately, TBIs are not uncommon.
In fact, according to the Brain Trauma Foundation, approximately 2.5 million people sustain a TBI annually, resulting in 80,000 with permanent disability and 50,000 succumbing to their injuries.
In terms of severity, TBIs can vary greatly. A concussion is a mild TBI, which can cause temporary drowsiness and headache, while a more serious TBI can result in a coma or death. While you should always seek medical attention to be safe, it is imperative that you get help immediately if you experience worsening symptoms.
What are the symptoms of a TBI? They include:
- Feeling slower than usual
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light/noise
- Difficulty with balance
- Difficulty concentrating/remembering new information
So why are TBIs so common? There are a variety of causes. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the top five leading causes of TBI include:
- Falls (28 percent)
- Motor vehicle crashes (20 percent)
- Being hit by or colliding with an object (19 percent)
- Assaults (11 percent)
- Other (12 percent)
What Can You Do?
So if there is such a variety of causes for TBI, can you do anything to reduce the likelihood of them occurring? Luckily, there are specific precautions you can take, although nothing can truly prevent a TBI from occurring in an accident – after all, it’s an accident. Precautions to take for reducing the likelihood of a TBI include:
- Wearing a properly fitting helmet
- Wearing the helmet whenever you are participating in an activity where risk of injury to the head is evident
- Replacing your helmet after it has sustained an impact
- Sticking to your skill level, especially without professional supervision
- Remaining aware of your surroundings
- Watching children at all times
An Experienced North Carolina Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident it can often result in a traumatic brain injury or other very serious – even deadly – consequences. You shouldn’t have to pay for the mistakes of others. The experienced traumatic brain injury attorneys at Daggett Shuler understand the serious nature of these types of accidents and will fight to get you what you deserve. Let us help you to move forward. Call us at 336-724-1234 today.
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