Athens Brain Injury Attorney
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each and every year. Many of those are seriously injured, as the CDC notes that TBI’s constitute a third of all injury related deaths in the U.S. Our Athens TBI Lawyers are here to help you!
Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Car accidents are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries can occur when the head strikes an object, such as a windshield. Sometimes brain injuries result from whiplash, which is a sudden acceleration/deceleration movement without any direct external trauma to the head. Many brain injuries are the result of bruising, bleeding, twisting or tearing of the brain tissue. Damage to the brain may occur not only at the time of the accident but also over time as tissues swell and bleed within the head.
Traumatic brain injuries may lead to permanent or temporary impairment of the brain’s functions. They can leave the victim in varying states of debilitation. Blunt trauma may cause the victim’s brain to swell, bruise or tear. Prolonged lack of oxygen, or an “anoxic brain injury” can also have severe and life-threatening consequences. This type of traumatic brain injury causes the brain cells to die from a lack of oxygen. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control notes that children under 4 years old, adolescents between the ages 15 and 19, and the elderly are the most susceptible to a TBI.