Georgia Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
June 10, 2019
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As the center of the human nervous system, the brain is a mysterious and complicated organ. It controls our body’s functions like walking and talking, our thinking functions like perception and understanding, our emotions like joy and sadness, and our memory.The Brain Injury Association of Georgia reports that over 50,000 suspected TBI cases happen annually in Georgia alone. Our firm is here to help overwhelmed TBI victims, such as those whose injuries arise from:
When the brain suffers an injury, the resulting damage is usually significant and tends to affect more than one function. Known as an invisible disability because there are often no outward physical signs, a brain injury can last a lifetime. Since there is no overarching cure, awareness and prevention are key.Brain injuries arise from a wide range of incidents, with most of them falling into the category of traumatic brain injury (TBI). More specific than the term “head injury,” a TBI occurs when sudden trauma to the head disrupts the function of the brain.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBIs are a leading cause of death and disability. Approximately 1.4 million Americans experience a brain injury each year, 50,000 of them die as a result, and more than 5.3 million currently require lifelong assistance just to carry out daily activities.
Causes of Brain InjuriesTBIs are classified as ranging from mild to severe, from a brief change in mental status or consciousness to an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss. A study by the CDC for 2006-2010 discovered that among all age groups, the most common reasons for TBIs were falls (40.5 percent), unintentional blunt force traumas (15.5 percent), vehicle accidents (14.3 percent), assaults (10.7 percent), and other (19 percent). When evaluating TBI-related deaths, traffic crashes were the second leading cause (26 percent).
Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain InjuryMany TBIs remain silent and unseen because, unlike a broken bone, symptoms are often mild at first and worsen over time.
- Loss of consciousness
- Excessive drowsiness
- Light sensitivity
- Memory problems
- Noise sensitivity
- Severe headache
- Slurred speech
- Vision problems
- Weakness in arms or legs.