Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are significant injuries that can be suffered in a car accident. In 2010, 2.5 emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths were attributed to traumatic brain injuries. TBIs account for approximately 30 percent of injury-related deaths and Car accidents account for nearly 15 percent of TBIs.
Traumatic brain injuries may sometimes go undetected because TBIs can be both open and closed, meaning the trauma the brain has suffered may not always be visible which does not necessarily mean that it is not present. TBIs can lead to troubles associated with thinking, sensing, language and emotions. Because TBIs can cause loss of memory, vision, hearing or personality changes, among other types of impairments, those who live with a TBI may face debilitating impacts from a TBI that can make everyday activities challenging.
In addition, TBIs can be costly to care for and treat. TBI victims, and their families, can often expect treatment and care plans that include significant medical care costs and future medical care costs. In addition, because TBI can oftentimes cause disability, victims may also suffer lost wages and lost-earning capacity for the future. Because of the extensive physical, financial and emotional damages victims and families can suffer following a TBI, legal protections exist to help ensure victims receive compensation that will help them focus on care, treatment and recovery.
Following a car accident, it is important for a suspected traumatic brain injury to be properly evaluated. When a car accident results in a TBI because of a careless or negligent driver, victims may have certain rights and remedies available to help protect their future and provide aid for the harm they have suffered.