A lot can happen in the instant that a car accident occurs. A driver may slam on their brakes. Their vehicle may make impact with another car, either through their own volition or the movement of the other vehicle. The driver's seatbelt and other safety devices may engage. They may feel the sudden fear and pain that accompany car accident injuries.
This blog recently discussed the significant costs associated with brain injuries. Because of the serious nature of brain injuries, and the fact that 138 Americans die each day due to injuries including brain injuries, it is helpful to understand how they are caused, how they are diagnosed and to be able to spot the symptoms of a brain injury when a victim or loved one has been injured. Brain injuries occur in a variety of ways and include a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the brain's normal function.
The physical and emotional challenges and costs associated with brain injuries are significant. The financial impact of a brain injury, which can include medical treatment and long-term care in some instances, varies depending on the nature of the injury. A mild brain injury can cost approximately $85,000, while and moderate brain injury can cost $941,000 and a severe brain injury can cost $3 million.
Many people may have heard the term traumatic brain injury but wondered what it refers to. Traumatic brain injuries are a serious concern for victims and contribute to approximately 30 percent of injury-related deaths in the United States. Each day in the U.S., 138 victims die from injuries including traumatic brain injuries. Overall, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a serious cause of death and disability in the U.S. and surviving victims may be left facing disabilities that can last a lifetime.
Brain injuries can impact anyone and have a significant impact on victims, their families, communities and society as a whole. They can take a physical, financial and emotional toll on victims and their families. Traumatic brain injuries occur due to motor vehicle accidents and other types of trauma that can happen to the brain. Closed head injuries can be all-too common and may result in traumatic brain injuries that may not always be immediately noticed.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) cause approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths in the United States and are a major cause of death and disability. Each day, 138 victims die from injuries including TBIs. TBIs can lead to thinking impairments; movement impairments; hearing or vision impairments; and disrupted personality function such as personality changes or depression. The impact of a TBI can be felt by victims, their families and communities.
A brain injury, regardless of the severity, will undoubtedly be a traumatic event for a Virginia family. An injured victim will likely require medical care and miss time from work, which can be costly. Fortunately, such victims may be able to obtain legal damages to help pay for the costs associated with a brain injury.
No Virginia parent wants to see his or her child suffer a head injury. Unfortunately though, head injuries do occur, and, therefore, it can be helpful for parents and caregivers to know what to expect in terms of symptoms and how best to care for a child who has suffered from head trauma.
A blow to the head can be frightening due to its ability to completely alter a person's life in a matter of seconds. Head injuries can run the gamut from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury, and upon initial impact, it is often unclear how serious a Virginian's injuries will be. One particularly concerning effect of brain injury is amnesia.
For many Virginians, it will only be when they or a loved one suffer a brain injury that they will think about the importance of a fully functioning brain. Unfortunately, once a brain injury occurs, a Virginian's utter reliance on a healthy brain becomes all too obvious.