Your Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as “a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.”
In other words, a traumatic brain injury occurs when a person experiences sudden damage to his brain. A TBI is typically the result of a blow or jolt to the head that happens in automobile or motorcycle accidents, falls, athletic injuries, and physical violence.
Statistics show that from 2006 to 2014, the number of TBI-related emergency rom visits, hospitalizations, and deaths rose by 53%. An average of 155 people in the U.S. died every day from injuries that included a TBI. And for individuals who survive a TBI, they can experience the effects for the remainder of their lives.
In addition, in 2014, there were roughly 2.87 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States. TBI contributed to the deaths of 56,800 individuals. Many of these TBI injuries and deaths occurred in Georgia. The Tosi Law Firm helps the victims and their families of TBI injuries collect the compensation they need and deserve when someone else causes the accident.
Motor Vehicle and Sports-Related Accidents Causes Many TBI Injuries
There are many common situations that can cause traumatic brain injury. Some of the most frequent include motor vehicle and sports-related accidents—two situations when others may be at fault for either directly causing the injury or those with a duty or obligation who failed to prevent the injury from happening.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Accidents that involve automobiles, semis, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians are the second most frequent cause of traumatic brain injury in the country.
As you might expect, an injury to the brain can happen quite easily in a motor vehicle accident. A driver or passenger's head can hit the steering wheel or windshield, or it can be hit by another vehicle, structures, trees, or road signs.
A blunt trauma can be extremely serious. This injury occurs when a driver or passenger's head strikes a stationary object like the windshield, and the victim suffers an open wound. Even when there isn't an open wound, an individual can be seriously injured because the sheer force of the accident can cause the brain to collide against the opposite side of the skull. With the impact's sudden stop, the brain continues to move an hits the interior of the skull, resulting in bruising of the brain (contusion) and bleeding or a brain hemorrhage—both of which may not be noticeable at the time of the accident.
Traumatic brain injuries may be caused by injuries from several different sports, some that aren't even classified as “contact sports.” Sports and activities where participants are susceptible to TBI include soccer, boxing, football, hockey, baseball, lacrosse, skateboarding, as well as motorized and non-motorized extreme sports. Some examples of extreme sports are rock climbing, surfing, wingsuit flying, cave diving, and bungee jumping.
Sports-related injuries and TBI are particularly common in youth. Research shows that the age group most vulnerable for suffering a sports-related concussion (SRC) is between ages 9-22 years old, which when team sports are most popular. Interestingly, physicians have diagnosed females more frequently with concussion susceptibility than males during both competition (1.46 times) and practices (1.75 times).
Researchers say that about 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI) happen every year, and these figures may be underestimated due to the failure to report head injuries. To that end, more than half (55%) of youth athletes who suffered a concussion were not seen by a physician, and about 42% of adults with a mild TBI (mTBI) also didn't seek medical attention.
The potential consequences of sports-related concussion include the headaches, cognitive deficits, balance and coordination issues, as well as neurodegenerative disease (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE). Migraines, alcohol and drug abuse, motor-neuron disease, and depression and other psychiatric disorders can result from sports-related concussions.
Again, our TBI attorneys will look into the facts surrounding your injury to see who is at fault, perhaps for providing faulty equipment, inadequate supervision, or poor training.
Traumatic brain injuries may also be caused by injuries from explosions, falls around the home, and violence, such as domestic violence, child abuse, and other assaults.
A TBI can also be caused by shaken baby syndrome when an infant is shaken violently.
Another area of causes of traumatic brain injury is brought on by disease, toxin, and birth and labor. In these cases, our experienced TBI personal injury attorneys will investigate to determine if a medical malpractice action is warranted because of an error by medical staff or the hospital.
The Effects of TBI
The effects of TBI can be very serious, they can include impairments related to thinking or memory, movement, vision, hearing, or other important functions for daily life. These types of injuries can range from mild concussions to severe permanent brain damage.
How Can Tosi Law Help TBI Plaintiffs Recover?
Remember, for those who survive a TBI, they can experience the effects for the rest of their lives. Our attorneys are experienced in getting compensation to care for you or your family member for the rest of their life. If you or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you should know how to pursue a claim for damages in court with the help of Tosi Law.
Lawsuits brought by individuals suffering from a traumatic brain injury are under the legal theory called negligence. This type of claim requires the plaintiff to show that the defendant individual or organization is liable or at fault for his injuries.
In a successful negligence action, the injured party must satisfy each of the following elements:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care; in other words, the defendant was legally obligated to treat the plaintiff with care;
- The defendant breached its duty or failed to act with reasonable care toward the plaintiff;
- The defendant's action (or inaction) caused the plaintiff's injuries; and
- The plaintiff suffered an injury.
You should work with an experienced and proven personal injury in pursuing your claim for damages—like those at Tosi Law. Cases involving traumatic brain injuries can be extremely complex, and our TBI attorneys practice in this area exclusively. They can help you get the compensation you deserve and the best possible outcome.
Contact a Reputable Personal Injury Attorney
A personal injury claim stemming from a traumatic brain injury will depend upon the specifics of your accident. In Georgia, you need an attorney that knows the law and knows how to win.
Contact Tosi Law at 888-311-8292 today for your free consultation. We're available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.