Are You Suffering From a Traumatic Brain Injury As a Result of an Accident?
Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics Are Staggering!
In the State of Texas, a Traumatic Brain Injury occurs every four minutes, affecting 144,000 people each year. These injuries are a result of blunt force to the head during motor vehicle accidents and other similar circumstances. Close to half a million of these victims are forced to live with the residual effects and disabilities associated with Traumatic Brain Injuries, and a significant number of these disabilities are permanent.
More Shocking Numbers
For every 20 people afflicted with a Traumatic Brain Injury, only one of these twenty people will receive the critical rehabilitation so desperately needed. Although the leading causes of death in the nation vary from year to year, traumatic brain injury from traffic accidents consistently ranks near the top of the list.
For people ages 15-64, traumatic brain injuries are sustained during accidents involving transportation, with more than 50% of those incidents a result of alcohol intoxication. And while more than a quarter of a million people nationally are hospitalized each year with traumatic brain injuries, they will leave the hospital as disabled survivors required to cope with those constraints for however long they persist. Some of these handicaps will last indefinitely, putting a strain on financial, emotional and physical performance for the rest of their lives.
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
Although a concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury, whose effects can last for a short to moderately-long period of time, sometimes with debilitating consequences, more severe traumatic brain injury is defined by more serious symptoms.
The human brain is responsible for so many vital aspects of our existence that a more serious brain injury can result in a number of impairments. These can include mental problems with memory, reasoning, attention, communication and an inability to solve problems. Difficulties with physical functions can include arm or leg weakness in addition to a failure to control coordination; visual deficiencies; problems sleeping; and general lethargy. Emotionally, a person with a traumatic brain injury may display symptoms related to violence, such as uncontrolled anger; excessive worry, anxiety or panic; and an acute vulnerability to depression. Finally, if a person is able to maintain employment during the aftermath of such an injury, his behavior will be characterized by exaggerated impulse, difficulty getting started, as well as problems with concentration which will impact prolonging activity for any length of time. In fact, traumatic brain injury results in more lost on-the-job productivity than any other type of affliction.
If you have been the victim of an accident which has left you with symptoms characteristic of traumatic brain injury, or your medical care provider has documented this as fact, it is essential that you consult with an experienced personal injury attorney at the Houston law firm of Joel A. Gordon and Associates, who can weigh the circumstances of your case to determine whether you should consider proceeding with legal action. Since your symptoms may persist for an extensive period of time, and may never disappear, you may experience long-term repercussions which deplete your financial, physical and emotional status and leave you with irreparable damage. Call us today for a free consultation that could make all the difference in your future security and well-being.