Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Involve Significant Future Losses
If you’ve suffered an injury by someone else’s negligence, moving forward can be extremely difficult, but if the injury you’ve suffered is a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it can be even more so. TBIs are unpredictable, and because they affect your brain, they can lead to life-altering emotional losses that are at least as damaging as the physical and financial losses you suffer. If you’re facing a problem of this magnitude, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced South Carolina brain injury attorney in your corner.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares that TBIs affect how the brain itself works. As a result of the damage, all the following are true:
A TBI can affect how a child’s brain develops, which can lead to a lifetime of complications.
TBIs are a primary cause of permanent disability in the United States.
TBIs are often the result of a blow, jolt, or bump to the head, and as a result, traffic accidents of all kinds, slip and fall accidents (and other premises liability claims), and accidents on the job are frequently their cause
When the TBI in question is moderate to severe, the victim can suffer long-term healthcare concerns that require ongoing care.
The Long-Term Consequences
The CDC makes it clear that when TBIs are classified as moderate to severe, they tend to be lifelong injuries that require a lifetime of care. Such injuries can lead to cognitive, behavioral, and emotional shifts that can interfere with how their victims function within their normal lives. In fact, about half of all those with moderate to severe TBIs will either die or continue to experience additional declines in the first five years after the precipitating accident. Improving the lives of those with this level of injury requires chronic disease management.
Those who suffer moderate to severe TBIs are at significantly increased risk of dying from all the following:
Pneumonia (6 times more likely)
Infection (9 times more likely)
Drug poisoning (11 times more likely)
Seizures (50 times more likely)
Chronic health concerns (such as the following) compound the expense and the burden experienced by the victims, their loved ones, and society at large:
Suffering a permanent disability
Being unable to hold a job
Requiring help with the activities of daily living
Requiring at least one additional hospital visit
Feeling unsatisfied with one’s current life
Turning to drugs or alcohol
Residing in a nursing home or another institutional setting
It can be difficult to overstate just how significant the future losses associated with a TBI can be.
Look to an Experienced South Carolina Brain Injury Attorney for the Skilled Legal Guidance You Need
If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI as a result of someone else’s negligence, Andrew Littlejohn Johnson at Littlejohn Law – serving Columbia, Allendale, Jasper, Orangeburg, and Hampton, South Carolina – is standing by to help. Brain injuries can lead to serious future losses that should not be overlooked, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 803-764-4099 for more information today.