Understanding Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
Approximately 2 million people in the United States suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While many of these are classified as "mild" traumatic brain injuries, others are classified as "moderate" or "severe."
Traumatic brain injuries contribute to about one-third of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the CDC. They also result in billions of dollars in medical costs, lost wages, and other financial hardships for those who suffer them and their families.
The CDC classifies severe traumatic brain injuries into two general categories: closed and penetrating. A "closed" severe TBI occurs when the brain is damaged within the skull. A fall, a motor vehicle crash, or an accident involving a severe blow to the head are some of the most common causes of closed severe TBIs.
A "penetrating" TBI (open head injury) occurs when a foreign object enters the skull and damages the brain tissue inside. Firearm injuries are a common cause of penetrating TBIs, as are accidents in which a sharp object strikes the head.
Many patients who suffer non-fatal severe traumatic brain injuries spend a period of time in a coma or with amnesia after the injury. About 43 percent of patients who need hospital care for a TBI have a lingering disability for at least one year after the injury occurs, according to the CDC. Attention, memory, body coordination, balance, hearing, sight, perception, and emotion and mood may all be affected.
If you or someone you love suffered a severe traumatic brain injury due to another's negligence, don't hesitate to contact an experienced Omaha TBI attorney to learn more about your legal rights and options.