According to the CDC, 30% of all deadly injuries are a result of a traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries are injuries which can cause “impaired thinking or… personality changes…”[i] One of the most medically noted forms of a brain injury is a concussion. Violent jolts, blows to the head, and falls can cause a concussion. While concussions effect people of all ages, they are commonly seen in young children and older adults.
Brain injuries are not always symptomatic. We cannot always physically see them, which causes us to overlook our injuries and skip the hassle of going in for a needed checkup. This oversite, however, is a contributing factor to the rise in fatalities of preventable deaths caused by brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries have made headlines multiple times over during the past decade as the cause of serious diseases and deaths in Hollywood. A traumatic brain injury took the life of an actress who fell down skiing. She exhibited no symptoms of a concussion, refused treatment, and passed away hours later due to an epidural hematoma. In contact sports, traumatic brain injuries have been spotlighted and heavily discussed as the cause of the serious degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). In response, the NFL has written new rules punishing players who target other players above their shoulders.
Despite the rise in awareness of the long term and potentially fatal effects a brain injury possesses, we still see people dismissing or overlooking their own head injuries. It is important to go in for a medical evaluation following any type of major blow to your head, even if you are not symptomatic. Additionally, if you were involved in a collision or incident and are experiencing any concussion related symptoms, it is critical to your health to go in for a proper checkup. To learn more about traumatic brain injuries call Brett Geruntino, Esq. at Acclaim Law Group at (858) 252-0781
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[i] TBI: Get the Facts. (2017, April 27). Retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html