A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is one of the most debilitating injuries any person can ever be burdened with. Depending on factors like the size, severity, and location of the injury, the victim may suffer from lifelong medical complications, lose their independence, and be forced to give up the career they have poured so many years of labor into. In addition to causing physical and emotional devastation, brain injuries can also rack up enormous medical care costs, driving the victim and their loved ones into devastating financial hardship.
If one of your loved ones sustained a brain injury in the Salt Lake City area due to the careless actions of another person, you deserve to seek answers, accountability, and justice for what happened. Injury lawyer Jay Sheen can help. Backed by over 33 years of experience representing TBI victims and their loved ones, Jay is committed to fighting aggressively for compensation on behalf of injured Utah residents. Jay will do everything in his power to reach a resolution that will allow your family to begin moving forward with your lives.
Whenever you feel ready to talk about the accident, Jay will be there to listen and help you understand the options that may be available to your family. Call Jay at (801) 618-3580 to set up a free and completely confidential legal consultation.
Common Causes of TBI: Proving Fault and Negligence
Unfortunately, TBI is a fairly common injury, not only in Utah but throughout the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI was responsible for more than 2.5 million deaths, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations in 2010 alone – a number which averages out to nearly 6,850 deaths and injuries every day. About 10% of the victims – roughly 248,420 individuals – were children and teenagers.
From 2006 to 2010, the most recent CDC data available, leading causes of TBI in the United States included:
- Accidental Falls (40%) – Unintentional falls can occur for a few different reasons. Slip and fall accidents, for example, are usually caused by negligent property maintenance, which can lead to trip hazards like broken railings or uneven flooring. Falls from heights happen frequently in the construction industry, often due to noncompliance with safety regulations or a lack of adequate supervision, accounting for hundreds of deaths and injuries every year.
- Object Strikes (15.5%) – A powerful blow to the head can cause the brain to swell, pressing against the inner walls of the skull. Object strikes frequently occur in car and truck accidents when unsecured items fly through the vehicle upon impact.
- Car Accidents (14.3%) – According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, there were more than 54,000 automotive accidents statewide in 2014, about half of which resulted in injuries.
This information is significant for TBI victims and their loved ones, because in many cases, these types of accidents involve an element of negligence.
Negligence is a crucial component of personal injury and wrongful death claims. Put simply, negligence means that an individual or business failed to take the appropriate steps to minimize the risk of a preventable death or injury. If an accident victim can prove that the other party caused the accident and resulting injuries by acting negligently, he or she may be able to obtain compensation for current and anticipated medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
What Are the Medical Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate, or severe based on factors like the length of time the victim is unconscious, the extent to which the victim suffers post-traumatic amnesia (PTA), and whether a brain scan returns abnormal results. However, these classifications can be somewhat misleading, as even a “mild” brain injury can lead to debilitating medical complications which continue throughout the victim’s lifetime. According to Mount Sinai Hospital, roughly 15% of mild TBI victims will experience persistent symptoms.
While the effects of TBI are different from patient to patient, a serious head injury can lead to medical problems including:
- Cognitive problems, or disruptions to normal thought processes. Cognitive impairment can impact memory, planning, communication, judgment, decision-making, reasoning, concentration, problem-solving, and learning.
- Chronic pain, which can affect the whole body or specific areas of the body, particularly the head. On the other hand, some TBI victims lose sensation, such as the ability to perceive temperature, pain, or physical pressure.
- Paralysis of facial muscles or muscles of the limbs and trunk. When paralysis affects the lower half of the body, it is called paraplegia. When it affects the whole body, it is called quadriplegia or tetraplegia.
Suffered a Head Injury? Call a Salt Lake Brain Injury Attorney Today
Utah accident victims have legal rights. You deserve to exercise them. If one of your loved ones suffered a brain injury in the Salt Lake City area, you can turn to TBI attorney Jay Sheen for aggressive legal representation. For a free and confidential consultation with Jay, call (801) 618-3580 at any time, including nights and weekends.