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Traumatic Brain Injury

An estimated 1.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury in the United States each year. A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is caused by a jarring of the brain from a direct impact or blow to the head that results in a disruption of the normal function of the brain. The severity of a TBI could range from a brief change in mental status to an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.

The Numbers

Each year in the US, TBI’s result in an estimated:

  • 50,000 deaths
  • 235,00 hospitalizations

Causes

The leading causes of TBIs are slips and falls. The group most vulnerable to traumatic brain injuries is the elderly because they are most prone to accidents like slipping in the shower or falling down stairs. Second to slips and falls are automobile collisions. This type of accident mostly affects teenagers ages 15 to 19.

Signs and Symptoms

It is sometimes difficult to detect that a person has suffered a TBI because signs could take days or even weeks to appear. Some symptoms include:

  • Headaches or neck pain that will not go away
  • Difficulty remembering or making decisions
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Increased sensitivity to lights, sounds, distractions

If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact the Kenosha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 866.499.4700.