Injuries from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are caused by a head injury that results in a disruption of the normal brain function. Severity of the injury could range from mild changes in mental status to severe periods of unconsciousness, and could potentially result in long term deficits, personality changes, or other disabilities. Consulting an Anchorage brain injury attorney can be critical so crucial evidence can be preserved along with your rights.
Approximately 1.4 million people suffer a TBI each year in the United States, resulting in 50,000 deaths and 235,000 hospitalizations. With children aged 0-14 years, TBI resulted in an estimated 2,685 deaths and 37,000 hospitalizations annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBI medical costs and lost wages amounted to over $60 billion in 2000.
Who is Most at Risk for TBI? Those aged 75 years or older experience the highest rate of traumatic brain injury-related hospitalizations and deaths. Males tend to be more likely to sustain a head injury than females, and children ages 0-4 and 15-19 are most at risk for TBI. The highest death rate from TBI is seen among African Americans.
The symptoms of a brain injury are not always noticed right away following an accident, and can take a several days or even a few weeks to become apparent. Symptoms following a head injury could be subtle, so it is important that proper care and treatment is provided for the victim. It is also important to note that the force of impact in an accident does not necessarily relate to the severity of the head injury.
Changes in the victims' thinking patterns, sensations, use of language, and emotions are common symptoms of a TBI. There can be deficits in memory and reasoning abilities; alterations of sense of taste, smell, and touch; difficulty with expressions or understanding; and mood disorders such as anxiety or depression, aggression, or other personality changes which can get worse with time.
5.3 million Americans, approximately 2% of the population, experience long-term effects or need lifetime assistance as a result of a TBI. The long-term consequences could result in an increased risk for epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's later on in life.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of an accident that has resulted in a brain injury, you can trust your case to the experienced lawyers at Hazelton Law Group. In order to avoid long-term problems, our attorneys will ensure that you get the proper care for your injury and help you to get the compensation need to pay for current and future treatments.Hazelton Law Group
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