4 Important Facts about Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

Brain injuries can leave people with a range of impairments, impacting their abilities to communicate, move and even take care of themselves. While brain injuries can be caused by any number of things – including disease and genetic defects, these injuries are referred to as traumatic brain injuries or TBIs when they are caused by some external force hitting the head and damaging the brain.

Below, we will highlight some of the most important facts to know about TBIs. If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI as a result of any form of negligence or carelessness, contact a St Charles & St Louis personal injury attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC to learn more about your options for financial recovery.

TBIs: Here’s What You Should Know

1 – Each year, about 1.7 million people sustain a new TBI.

These TBI facts & stats reveal the causes & impacts of TBIs, along with what researchers are doing to improve TBI diagnoses, a St Louis personal injury attorney explains.

These TBI facts & stats reveal the causes & impacts of TBIs, along with what researchers are doing to improve TBI diagnoses, a St Louis personal injury attorney explains.

This is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which also points out that, of these 1.7 million new TBIs each year in the U.S.:

  • About 52,000 are deadly
  • Approximately 275,000 require hospitalization
  • Roughly 3 in every 4 of these injuries involve a milder TBI, such as a concussion.

2 – Falls & motor vehicle accidents are the top two causes of TBIs in the U.S.

In fact, more than half of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by falling and motor vehicle accidents. Other common causes of TBIs include assaults, being hit by an object (such as a falling object), combat, sports injuries, etc.

With falling and motor vehicle accidents, tragically, many of the incidents that result in traumatic brain injuries also result from some type of negligence.

3 – Diagnosing TBIs can be problematic.

Generally, it can take weeks or even months for physicians to diagnose:

  • That an injury is a TBI – This is because the early symptoms of TBIs can be similar to the signs of other conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • How severe the TBI is – Understanding how profoundly someone has been impacted by a brain injury can take months, particularly if TBIs leave people in comas for some period of time.

All of this means that it can take some time for TBI patients to ultimately receive the appropriate treatments.

4 – Blood tests & brain scans may the keys to diagnosing and effectively treating TBIs.

This is one of the more hopeful facts when it comes to TBIs, as it indicates not only that researchers are working on improving diagnostic and treatment options for brain injury patients but that their work is paying off. In fact, research published this year has reported finding that:

  • Brain scans, which show where there may be increased or decreased activity in the brain, can help differentiate TBIs from PTSD. This can mean that TBI diagnoses can be made far earlier than had previously been possible.
  • Blood tests, which can show how much of a certain protein people have in their blood, can help identify how severe brain injuries are within 24 hours of the injury being sustained.

Contact a St Charles & St Louis Personal Injury Attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

Have you suffered a TBI or any catastrophic injury as a result of negligence? If so, it is time to contact an experienced St Charles & St Louis personal injury attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC.

To set up this consult and find out more about your legal rights, as well as what we can do to help you, call our firm at (636) 946-6886 or toll free at (855) 772-5291. You can also email us using the contact form on this page.

From our offices based in St Charles, our lawyers represent people in St Louis, Hazelwood, Florissant, O’Fallon, Saint Peters, Wentzville, Lake St. Louis, Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie, Weldon Springs, Foristell, Portage Des Sioux, Defiance, Augusta, New Melle, St. Paul, West Alton, Flint Hill, Josephville, and Weldon Spring Heights, as well as individuals throughout St Charles County, St Louis County and the state of Missouri.

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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