Georgia residents take note: March is brain injury awareness month.
Brain injuries can happen to anyone at any age. They are caused by trauma to the brain, either from an external source such as car accidents, slip and falls, workplace injuries or near drownings; or from within, such as strokes or tumors.
According to data published by the Brain Injury Association of America, at least 3.5 million children and adults sustain acquired brain injuries (ABI) each year, with 2.5 million of those being traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a TBI, and everyday, 137 people in the U.S. die because of a TBI-related injury. Two of the most common causes of TBI include falls (40.5%) and motor vehicles (14.3%).
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
An ABI is any type of brain injury acquired after birth that is not congenital, hereditary or degenerative. It includes:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
This is a type of ABI that is caused by an external source. The impact from the event causes the brain to move inside the skull, or damages the skull. TBI's include:
- Concussion – The most common type. It's caused by trauma from an impact, such as shaking, whiplash, or a direct blow to the head.
- Contusion - a bruise, or bleeding on the brain.
- Diffuse Axonal Injury – Often seen in car accident victims. The head is shaken or rotated with such force that it causes tearing of the nerve tissue that connects the brain to the skull.
- Recurrent Traumatic Brain Injury – a second injury that occurs before the first has healed completely.
- Penetrating Injury – This is often seen when an object goes through the windshield of a car and impacts a passenger. The object penetrates the head and forces hair, skin, bone, or fragments from the object into the brain.
A brain injury that occurs because of the negligent actions of another person may allow for the recovery of damages to the injured person. A person may be able to recover:
- Past Medical costs – charges that have already been incurred;
- Future Medical costs - charges that are likely to be incurred because of future surgeries, physical therapy or other medical care;
- Lost Wages – past earnings lost due to missed work;
- Loss of Potential Earned Income - future earnings if unable to continue working;
- Life care – the cost to take care of a permanently disabled person for the remainder of their life;
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life; and
- Pain and Suffering.
Millions of people live with TBI-related disabilities. These are serious injuries that can cause life-long problems with physical, emotional, mental and financial burdens for both the injured person and their loved ones. If you or a family member has suffered a head injury through no fault of your own call our office at 478-238-9759 for a free consultation. We can also be reached online or toll free at 888-876-6935.