Unfortunately, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a very real and prevalent health problem in the U.S. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there are nearly 3 billion hospital visits for TBI annually. Children account for about 25% of this statistic. A TBI is caused by contact to the head, such as a bump or blow, that disrupts normal brain function. A “mild” TBI may be indicated by a brief change in mental status or consciousness. A “severe” TBI may be characterized by an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia. A TBI can have long-term serious consequences, such as changes in memory, reasoning, sight, balance, and communication. A TBI can also impact emotion, both in the short-time and long-term, including personality changes, depression, anxiety, aggression and social inappropriateness.
In the legal context, we see TBI cases most commonly from car, bike or pedestrian crashes, falls, and assault. TBI is not a legal theory of liability but is considered a practice area due to the complex and unique nature of the injury involved. TBI cases are expert witness intensive and Bailey Law Firm has relationships with the right experts to prove your TBI-related damages. If you or a loved one suffered a TBI because of someone else’s conduct, it is important to talk to an attorney skilled in this area.