Brain injuries can happen for many different reasons: sports, physical violence, accidents or falls. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, can be dangerous as well as fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.5 million visits to the hospital were associated with TBI and more than 50,000 people died because of traumatic brain injuries.
According to the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, between 12,000 to 15,000 residents of New Jersey suffer a brain injury after a traumatic incident, and 1,000 of these cases are fatal. Currently, 175,000 people in New Jersey are currently living with TBI.
What is a Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is defined as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain.
With the many different parts of the brain, each injury differs. It’s a considered a “silent epidemic” because the effects of a brain injury can be either invisible or be attributed to another cause.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, some of the visible effects of a brain/closed head injury include:
- Visual impairment
- Impaired logic
- Difficulty understanding language or speaking
- Behavioral problems
- Decreased control over body movements
Complications can arise from a brain injury from a coma to even brain death.
Causes for Brain Injury
The leading causes of TBI are falls, followed by getting hit by an object and auto accidents. The people most at risk of traumatic brain injuries include:
- Children, especially newborns to 4-year-olds
- Teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24
- Elderly adults ages 75 and older
We Can Help!
If you have a loved one who was injured in an accident in the Jersey City area and received a traumatic brain injury, we are ready to help you! The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone have been handling brain injury cases for more than 25 years and we will get you the money that you deserve. Contact personal injury lawyer Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.