Brain Injury Lawyer Carrollton
Injuries are the leading cause of death in the United States and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate nearly 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (“TBI”) happen every year as a result of injury. In fact, TBI’s are a contributing factor in over 30% of injury-related deaths in the U.S.
The medical costs for treatment of TBI are astronomical, including indirect costs for things such as lost productivity, as they exceed $76 billion annually. The leading causes of traumatic brain injuries include falls, traffic accidents, being struck by or against a moving or stationary object, and assaults. While falls are the leading cause of TBI, traffic accidents (car crashes, motorcycle, truck, bicycle or pedestrian accidents) account for many of these injuries.
- Falls (35.2%)
- Traffic accidents (17.3 %)
- Being struck by or against events (16.5%)
- Assaults (10%)
- Other/unknown causes (21%)
What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
The brain has six functional areas and each has a specific function.
- Frontal Lobe – attention and concentration, speech, organization, self-monitoring, inhibitions of behavior, emotions, problem solving, personality, mental flexibility, motor planning and initiation, awareness of abilities and limitations, and judgment
- Temporal Lobe – memory, sequencing, understanding language, hearing, and organization
- Parietal Lobe – touch, visual and spatial perception, and ability to differentiate shapes and colors,
- Occipital Lobe – vision
- Cerebellum – balance, visual perception, coordination, and motor activity
- Brain Stem –breathing, consciousness, attention and concentration, sleep and wake cycles, and heart rate
When one or more of these areas are damaged, it can have a devastating impact on one’s life and on one’s behavior. It can also have a devastating impact on how these areas of the brain interact: each area needs to be functioning well to work appropriately with other areas of the brain. Even what is termed a “mild” injury to the brain can significantly disrupt the ability of an accident victim to function and maintain a normal lifestyle.
TBI and Auto Accidents
While not all TBI’s are created equal, the frontal lobe of the brain is particularly at risk in a head-on or rear collision due to the sloshing of the brain matter forward and back in a whiplash motion against the bony structure of the skull. This can lead to bleeding, bruising, swelling, twisting or tearing of brain tissue, and permanent damage to the brain.
Some of the symptoms of damage can appear immediately, while others may not be apparent for days or months. Often, many of these symptoms do not even become noticeable until after the injured person resumes, or tries to resume, their everyday life where more demands and everyday stress are put upon them.
Zinda Law Group is Here to Help You
If you have been injured in a fall, car accident or an assault, the attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help you. Our attorneys understand the consequences of traumatic brain injuries and we have decades of experience representing clients with TBI’s. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free, no-fee consultation and let us help you.