Understanding Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries

About 1.7 million U.S. residents suffer a traumatic brain injury each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Severe traumatic brain injuries are a contributing factor in over 30 percent of fatal accident injuries. Whether due to a car accident, workplace accident, slip and fall, or other incident, a traumatic brain injury can permanently change a person’s life – or even end it.

Understanding Severe Traumatic Brain InjuriesSevere traumatic brain injuries are generally sorted into one of two categories: closed and penetrating. Closed traumatic brain injuries cause movement of the brain inside the skull, which leads to injury. Concussions are a well-known type of closed traumatic brain injury. The second type of traumatic brain injury, penetrating injuries, are caused by an object penetrating the skull, such as a bullet or a fragment of metal or glass.

About 43 percent of people hospitalized with a severe traumatic brain injury suffer long-term disabilities as a result. The specific type and severity of disability depends on which parts of the brain are affected, but common impairments include problems with motor function, perception problems, attention and memory deficits, and difficulties with depression, anxiety, and mood swings. Many patients are in a coma for some time after a severe traumatic brain injury, and many experience a period of amnesia after.

At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our diligent personal injury lawyers in Colorado Springs can help you figure out what happened in your accident and obtain the compensation you need, so that you and your family can focus on getting well. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a free, confidential case evaluation or fill out our online Contact Form for assistance.