Brain Injury Accidents

Brain Injury LawyerMore than 1.5 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries every year. Of those, 50,000 people will die from their brain injury while another 80,000 will have long-term disabilities as a result of their brain trauma. These injuries are so devastating because the brain is one of the most important and fragile organs in the human body. In Utah, auto and motorcycle accidents are, by far, the most common cause of brain injuries. However, other personal injury factors such as slip and fall accidents, sports injuries, physical assault and industrial or occupational accidents can also cause brain injuries. The articles below focus on educating about brain injuries, presenting methods of prevention, and letting you know if your injury can be compensated through a personal injury claim.

Brain Injury Types

Brain injuries occur in diverse settings, activities, and severity. While some injuries might heal in just a few days or weeks, others may be a life-long disability that affects the everyday life of the victim. Though each injury is unique in its own way, there are 11 terms to describe the brain injury types:

  • Concussion
  • Contusion
  • Penetrating Brain Injury
  • Coup-Contrecoup
  • Diffuse Axonal
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Anoxic Brain Injury
  • Acquired Brain Disorder (ABD)
  • Second Impact Syndrome
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Locked in Syndrome

To read about each of these brain injury types in more detail, click the link above.The information in these articles has been compiled from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Brain Injury Laws

IMG_2656In Utah, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is legally defined as “an injury to the head arising from blunt trauma, an acceleration force, or a deceleration force.” Because of the seriousness of traumatic brain injury, the Utah state government passed 41 states laws between 2009 and 2012 to address the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of TBI. These efforts are seen through the Protection of Athletes with Head Injuries Act or 2011 as well as the Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust Fund, created in 2012. To learn more about these laws and others, click the link at the head of this section.

Brain Injury FAQs

Experiencing an injury can raise many questions about identifying the injury as well as knowing how to move forward in the claims process and with the treatment. In our “Brain Injury Frequently Asked Questions” article (which can be accessed through the link above) we address 8 commonly-asked questions in short, understandable answers.

Brain Injury Resources

Many of the brain injury resources that we have gathered focus on educating about brain injuries and methods of prevention. Others, however, have more specific goals such as providing job listings for those with disabilities, treating brain injuries, or providing funding for those in need. Our “Brain Injury Resources” article can be accessed through the link above and offers details on:

  • Brain Injury Association of America
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Utah
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Job Accommodation Network
  • Medical Home Portal
  • Utah Brain Injury Council
  • University of Utah Health Care

Brain Injury Statistics

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injury is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.  Understanding the statistics that researchers have collected about brain injury helps to put its danger and current impact into a more accurate and realistic scope.

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