Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has become an unfortunate hallmark of the Afghan and Iraq wars. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), each year TBIs contribute to a significant number of deaths and permanent disabilities. In a CDC report, "A non-fatal severe TBI may result in an extended period of unconsciousness (coma) or amnesia after the injury." For individuals hospitalized after a TBI, almost half (43%) have a related disability one year after the injury. A TBI may lead to a wide range of short- or long-term issues affecting:
- Cognitive Function (e.g., attention and memory)
- Motor function (e.g., extremity weakness, impaired coordination and balance)
- Sensation (e.g., hearing, vision, impaired perception and touch)
- Emotion (e.g., depression, anxiety, aggression, impulse control, personality changes)
Approximately 5.3 million Americans are living with a TBI-related disability and the consequences of severe TBI can affect all aspects of an individual’s life. This can include relationships with family and friends, as well as their ability to work or be employed, do household tasks, drive, and/or participate in other activities of daily living."
TBIs have been tied to neurological disorders that develop after the injury. According to a report by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, "Traumatic brain injury: hope through research," TBIs can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.
If you or a loved one is suffering--experiencing the life changing affects of a traumatic brain injury--there is help. Please call us at Viterna Law and let us fight
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