Every year, there are more than 950 deaths, 27,000 visits to the emergency room and 5,200 hospitalizations caused by a traumatic brain injury in Colorado. A traumatic brain injury is defined as “a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain,” according to the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. The severity of a traumatic brain injury can run from mild (a brief change in cognitive function or consciousness) to severe (coma or other extended periods of unconsciousness). The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries in Colorado are car accidents, slip-and-falls, assaults and direct blows to the head – usually sustained during contact sports. Thus, it is no surprise that males are two (2) times as likely to suffer from a traumatic brain injury than females. And the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surmise that close to six (6) million people nationwide require long-term/life-long care to perform basic daily functions as the result of traumatic brain injuries.
The national Ski Areas Association located in Colorado recently released a report finding that traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death resulting from skiing and snowboarding accidents. And a study published last year revealed that individuals who suffered even a mild traumatic brain injury are more likely to die within fifteen (15) years following the injury than those who never sustained a traumatic brain injury.
Though only a doctor can diagnose a traumatic brain injury, it is critical to be aware of the symptoms associated with a traumatic brain injury so you can receive medical attention as soon as possible to avoid the risk of further and/or permanent damage. The Colorado Department of Education has placed these symptoms into four (4) categories:
- Cognitive – cognitive symptoms refer to how an individual thinks and feels, which may include memory loss, feelings of sluggishness or being in a fog, difficulty concentrating, confusion and slurred or slowed speech.
- Physical – headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, nausea, light/sound sensitivity and neck pain or pressure are all physical signs of a traumatic brain injury.
- Affected Sleep – “sleep” symptoms include drowsiness, fatigue, randomly falling asleep, oversleeping and under-sleeping.
- Emotional – the way in which a person feels are emotional symptoms, which may entail unexplained personality changes, irritability, depression, anxiety or apathy and lack of motivation.
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury as the result of someone else's negligence, you need the help of a qualified personal injury attorney to fight for you and get you the compensation you deserve. At the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal, our personal injury lawyers have years of experience representing the victims of traumatic brain injuries and are here to help you. We can investigate all causes of your accident and advise whether a personal injury lawsuit or negotiated settlement is in your best interests.
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