A traumatic brain injury is commonly abbreviated to TBI. It is a form of brain injury that occurs when sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. A TBI is often caused by an auto accident in which a person’s head hits a dashboard, window, or other object. A brain injury can also be the result of a fall, physical assault, blunt force trauma, or even a concussion. In the United States, motor vehicle accidents account for 20% of all TBIs.
TBIs can have serious consequences. In 2010, they led to 50,000 deaths and 280,000 hospital visits. A TBI can increase the risk of other medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy. It can also contribute to depression, aggression, and personality changes. A brain injury can also have a lifelong effect on thinking, sensation, and language. It may impair functions like balance, communication, and memory.
In many cases, brain injuries are the result of someone’s negligence. A TBI could result from a car accident involving a drunk or distracted driver, or an improperly labeled staircase could cause someone to trip and fall, hurting their head and causing permanent damage. It’s an unfortunate reality that one person’s lack of care could lead to a lifetime of pain and difficulties for someone else and their loved ones.
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes (formerly Perenich & Carroll) was founded in 1955. We are exclusively invested in helping personal injury victims— and their loved ones — win compensation and find justice. We approach every case with passion, experience, and dedication, and strive to provide the answers you need, when you need them.
If you are seeking help after a traumatic brain injury, please contact us. We’ll see you through.