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Nearly 1.5 million people receive a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. Fifty-thousand people die as a result of their brain injuries, and 85,000 are left with life-long disabilities.
There are almost an unlimited number of ways an individual can sustain a TBI, most of which involve preventable human error. In these situations, the person or people who are responsible for creating the conditions that caused the TBI or whose behavior directly resulted in the injury can be held financially liable.
If you or someone you know sustains a TBI as a result of another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Common causes of TBIs include:
- Falls: A wide range of incidents are classified as falls with regard to TBI causes. Occurrences such as slipping while in the shower or bath, falling down stairs, falling while getting in or out of bed, falling out of bed and falling while participating in sports are some of the most common fall-related causes of TBIs. Falls are particularly prevalent among young children and the elderly.
- Motor vehicle accidents: This includes collisions caused by individuals operating any type motor-operated vehicle, including cars, vans, trucks, ATVs and motorcycles. The accidents may involve other vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Motor vehicle accidents are ranked as the third most likely overall cause of TBI, according to the CDC.
- Blows: Unintentional blunt force trauma that is severe enough to damage the brain is another common cause. It includes instances in which your head is struck in some manner, such as inadvertent blows to the head or being struck by debris or shrapnel. This can be common among individuals who play close-contact sports.
- Assaults: TBIs sustained as a result of violence can be caused by physical abuse, gunshot wounds, being thrown by someone, domestic violence and more. Shaken baby syndrome, which entails shaking an infant violently enough that his or her brain cells are damaged, can also result in a TBI. Individuals are between the ages of 15 and 44 years make up nearly 75 percent of the victims of TBIs linked to assaults.
Pursuing claims for TBIs
Whether or not the other party’s intent was to cause you hard, you or your loved one may be entitled to financial compensation. In California, you are able to pursue compensation for medical expenses related to your TBI when someone else is responsible. You can also seek to obtain compensation for any estimated medical expenses related to the TBI that you may incur in the future.
Contact a personal injury attorney who routinely handles traumatic brain injury cases in order to obtain an accurate investigation of the factors surrounding your TBI and to determine how to hold the responsible parties liable for your losses. At Rosenthal & Kreeger, LLP, our Sacramento brain injury lawyers will work to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.