Although the aftermath of a collision can be graphic, some of the most devastating and life-threatening injuries are not actually visible to passing motorists—or anyone at the scene for that matter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are responsible for approximately 30 percent of all accidental injury deaths.
Individuals who are fortunate enough to survive a TBI may have to deal with the repercussions for the rest of their life. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, long-term effects might include:
- Mood disorders;
- Behavioral disorders;
- Reduced cognitive functioning;
- Impaired vision;
- Impaired hearing; and
If you or someone you love sustained a TBI in a crash with a drunk, distracted, or reckless driver, your family may be entitled to compensation. Turn to The Downs Law Firm to discuss your case and determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Ross Downs has the unwavering determination, legal experience, and financial resources to take on even the largest insurance companies. Call 318-284-8551 to schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer in Monroe.
Read on to learn about some of the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries:
According to the Mayo Clinic, falls are the leading cause of TBIs among all demographics. Senior citizens and young children are especially vulnerable to sustaining brain, neck, and spinal cord injuries in a slip and fall.
- Motor Vehicle Collisions
Car accidents are another common cause of traumatic brain injuries among people of all ages. Even a minor crash can result in a concussion, which is a mild kind of TBI.
- Falling Objects
Getting struck by or against an object may not cause any visible wounds, but if the impact is forceful enough, it can result in brain damage. These kinds of accident can happen anywhere, but they are especially likely in places like construction sites, where people often walk near or under heavy tools and equipment.
Assault victims who sustain serious injuries in the altercation have the right to file a civil lawsuit against the offender alongside any criminal charges that he or she is already facing. Sadly, traumatic brain injuries are often the result of domestic violence. Shaken baby syndrome is another form of TBI and arises when a caregiver shakes the infant violently.
If you or someone you love sustained a TBI in a preventable accident and you want to hold the liable party financially accountable, contact The Downs Law Firm today. Ross Downs has been practicing law for more than 20 years.