Traumatic brain injuries, also known as “TBI”s, are in increasingly serious problem. The total combined number of traumatic brain injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths has increased over the past 10 years. The combined rate of TBI-related hospitalizations, emergency room visits and deaths increased from 521 per 100,000 in 2001 to 615 per 100,000 in 2005. The rates spiked slightly in 2008 following a decline and then continued to increase through 2010 to a rate of 823 per 100,000. The total combined rates are driven by the relatively high number of emergency department visits for TBI.
Traumatic brain injuries can have significant consequences for victims and their families. They may alter a victim’s life forever and may lead to disability and the need for lifetime care and rehabilitation. Traumatic bring injuries can be burdensome for families as they face unexpected changes in their loved one and the high costs associated with treating traumatic brain injuries. Victims may suffer high medical bills, the need for continuing medical care, the inability to work, the loss of enjoyment of life and pain and suffering damages.
When a traumatic brain injury has occurred because of a negligent driver, such as in a car accident, or some other negligent party, victims and their family members may be able to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages and trauma associated with TBIs. Compensation for damages suffered may help offset expenses already incurred and expenses expected in the future that result from the care and treatment of TBIs and the life-long changes the victim may face.
There are a variety of resources available to victims and families of traumatic brain injuries to help them with the present and future struggles and challenges associated with TBIs. Legal options can be an important option offering help for victims and their families.