When a person suffers a head injury, from an incident such as a fall, hit, or other type of accident, it is crucial that medical attention is given to the brain. The head and brain are both crucial and fragile areas of the body, and although there may be no outside signs of harm, a head injury can result in brain injuries that can have serious and life-changing consequences. A brain injury that is particularly serious is known as a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
If someone you care about has suffered a TBI due to the negligence of another person, it is likely they will face a long recovery that requires expensive medical care. Just as their physical injuries will need to be diligently cared for, their legal rights should also be asserted by an experienced Los Angeles TBI lawyer.
Traumatic Brain Injuries—the Numbers
Brain injuries are often catastrophic and, according to a report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), traumatic brain injuries remain a major cause of death and disability in the United States. In just one year, 2.8 million brain injury related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred throughout the country. TBIs contribute to approximately 30% of all injury deaths, which comes out to be around 153 deaths per day in the US.
Effects of TBI
Traumatic Brain Injuries are so serious because not only can they be deadly, but those who do survive serious brain injuries can have their thinking, memory, movement, emotions, and senses all impaired as a result of the injury. These types of injuries can affect a person's ability to return to work or even normal living without assistance.
Common Causes of TBI
Because the human head and brain are so fragile, there are many possible ways that a traumatic brain injury can occur. According to the CDC top three causes of brain injuries include:
- Falls (47% of TBI related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths)
- Being struck by or against an object (15% of TBI related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths)
- Motor vehicle crashes (14% of TBI related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths)
TBI in the Workplace
Traumatic Brain Injuries can and do occur in the Los Angeles workplace. According to a recent study of work-related TBI fatalities in the U.S., TBI accounted for 22% of all work-related injury fatalities between 2003 and 2008. TBI was also found in 46% of work-related fatal fall incidents. Many of these TBI work accidents resulted from falls due to slick conditions, failure to provide proper head protective gear to workers, or failure to properly secure large objects to prevent them from falling.
The causes of Traumatic Brain injuries are often preventable, especially in the workplace. If someone you care about has suffered a serious brain injury due to the negligence of another, they may be entitled to substantial compensation for their injuries.
At Walch Law, we know the huge impact a traumatic brain injury has on you and the lives of your loved one. How much is a traumatic brain injury worth? Usually a lot and we are here to make sure you get the maximum amount possible for this injury and the other injuries you have suffered as well. If you are looking for a LLos Angeles traumatic brain injury lawyer, look no further than Walch Law-- get in touch with us now to set up you free consultation.