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What You Need to Know About Brain Injuries

Jun 2, 2021 - Personal Injury

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an injury that affects how the brain works. It may be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating injury, such as a gunshot to the head. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are three main types of TBI:

  • A mild TBI or concussion,
  • A moderate TBI, and
  • A severe TBI.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, let an Allentown personal injury lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis help. We understand the trauma you’re going through and will help you hold the responsible parties accountable.

How Serious Are TBIs?

According to the CDC, there were about 61,000 TBI-related deaths in the U.S. in 2019, or about 166 TBI-related deaths every day. TBIs affect the lives of people of all ages. Anyone can experience a TBI, but data suggests that some groups, such as minorities, service members, homeless people, and prisoners, are at greater risk of dying from a TBI or experiencing long-term health problems after the injury.

What Causes TBIs?

TBIs may be the result of many kinds of accidents or purposeful acts. However, people most commonly get TBIs from motor vehicle crashes, falls, assaults, and firearm-related injuries. Research shows that falls lead to nearly half of TBI-related hospitalizations and that firearm-related suicide is the most common cause of TBI-related deaths in the U.S.

How Do TBIs Affect My Health?

TBIs may result in short-term or long-term health effects, depending on the severity of the TBI. For example, a concussion-type mild TBI may cause only short periods of symptoms, lasting a few days or weeks, as long as they do not suffer additional TBIs during that time.

However, a person who suffers a moderate-to-severe TBI may have long-term or life-long effects from the injury and should be under the immediate care of qualified health care professionals.

Additionally, TBIs affect children more severely than adults. A substantial TBI to a developing brain may disrupt a child’s mental development and limit their ability to participate in school and extracurricular activities, such as sports, especially contact sports. Children may experience changes in their thinking, behavior, and health that may affect learning, self-control, and participation in social activities, all of which are important to developing into a productive adult.

How Do I Support a Loved One Who Has Suffered a TBI?

TBIs can be just as destructive to a loved one or caregiver as they are to the victim. Some important tips include:

  • Spend time.
  • Give positive feedback.
  • Let the victim know that you love them. This is likely to be very important, even if the victim cannot express that.
  • Be available without being pushy or over-intrusive.
  • Keep communication open, show empathy, and don”t rush them into anything.
  • Do not judge them.
  • Take an interest in their activities.
  • Encourage them to talk about what’s important to them.
  • Take the victim’s feelings seriously.
  • Encourage and support friendships and relationships.
  • Help them with their therapy.
  • Encourage activities that promote health, such as exercise, good eating, and regular sleep.
  • Do things the victim enjoys, and enjoy it with them.

Contact an Allentown Personal Injury Lawyer For More Information

If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, be sure they receive adequate care and contact us online for your free consultation. We’ll handle the claim so that you can focus on the recovery.

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