All About Traumatic Brain Injuries
Along with rivalry hype and game statistics, fall football often receives press for being a major cause of concussions, one form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). While the sport is a top cause of mild TBIs in youth, most TBIs are caused by falls and automobile accidents. These more serious TBIs can lead to hospitalization, life-altering changes, and even death.
Falls and Auto Accidents Top Causes
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 155 people died every day in 2014 from injuries that included a TBI, for a total of 56,800 by year’s end. That same year, there were almost 3 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, or deaths in the US. Falls accounted for 52% of TBI-related hospitalizations in 2014, and motor vehicle accidents for 20%.
TBIs are significant injuries and result from a bump, violent jolt or blow to the head, or a penetrating brain injury. TBIs cause a disruption in the brain’s normal function, which can last for a few days or indefinitely. More serious effects include impaired thinking or memory, compromised movement, sensory impairment, or emotional changes, such as depression or altered personality. A TBI can cause bleeding, bruising, torn tissue, or other physical damage to the brain.
Those highest at risk for a TBI include children under age 4, young adults (ages 15-24), adults older than 60, and males of any age, according to the Mayo Clinic. Falls down the stairs, in the bath, or from a bed or ladder are the most common causes of TBIs in younger children and older adults, according to Mayo. Sport injuries — from football, soccer, boxing, baseball, lacrosse, skateboarding, hockey, and other high-impact sports — are the most common cause among young adults.
TBIs are also a top work-related injury and are often more fatal or serious than those from other causes. Many workers who suffer a TBI never return to work. TBIs accounted for 22% of all work-related injury fatalities and for 46% of work-related fatal falls between 2003 and 2008, according to a study originally published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Construction, transportation, forestry, fishing, emergency medical services and agriculture are top industries in terms of TBI risk.
Claims and Lawsuits
If you or a loved one have suffered a TBI, you might be able to file a claim and have a personal injury attorney help you recoup medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs.
- Personal injury – if your TBI was the result of an auto accident or someone else’s negligence, you can file a claim with the at-fault person’s insurance company. If you cannot reach a satisfactory settlement, you can hire a personal injury attorney and file a lawsuit for medical costs and other damages.
- Workers Compensation – you should first report your TBI to your employer and do so in writing. After medical treatment, you’ll want to file a claim with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation and send a copy to both your employer and the employer’s workers comp insurance carrier. Keep both the insurer and your employer up-to-date on any medical restrictions and expenses. You might also want to consult a personal injury attorney to help make sure you receive all your benefits.
TBI Death Resulting from Negligence
If a TBI is fatal and the victim’s family believes it was due to the negligent, criminal, intentional, or reckless act of another, the family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive compensation. In Georgia, a surviving spouse, children if there was no spouse, or even parents if no children or spouse may hire a wrongful death attorney and file a lawsuit. Generally, a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of the person’s death. The claim is for what is considered the full life of the decedent, and takes into account both tangible (such as money that person would have earned) and intangible (such as loss of family time, raising children, and lost milestones) values of the deceased’s life. A jury is supposed to value life from the eyes of the deceased in Georgia.
Contact the Experienced Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys at Hudson King
If you or someone you love has experienced a TBI or died as the result of one, you may be eligible for compensation. At Hudson King, our team of personal injury and wrongful death attorneys have the experience and knowledge necessary to pursue the best possible results in your case. Contact us today at 229-515-8585 for a free case consultation.
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