The Houston law firm handling personal injury at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers know that traumatic brain injuries can be life-changing events for survivors and their families.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and as part of our role as advocates for catastrophic injury patients, we’d like to share some information with you.

Brain Injury Facts

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, results when a person receives a blow, bump or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury, that disrupts normal brain function.

Each year in the United States, 2.4 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury. Of these, 52,000 will die, 275,000 will be hospitalized, and 1.365 million people will be treated and released at an emergency room.

No two brain injuries are exactly the same. For some, the injury will require long-term medical treatment and support. TBI can affect thinking, language, motor function, emotions, learning, behavior and sensations. These injuries can cause epilepsy and increase the risk of developing other brain disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease.

Treatments can be costly, and specialized healthcare and long-term rehabilitation programs are often needed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the direct and indirect costs of TBI treatment in the U.S. each year total around $76.3 billion dollars.

Common causes of traumatic brain injuries are:

As brain injury attorneys who represent victims of such accidents, we fully understand the effects of these injuries. When accidents caused by negligence result in a brain injury, our attorneys help TBI survivors recover the maximum compensation possible to cover current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, contact the brain injury lawyers at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris today to learn your rights and get help recovering the money you need to rebuild your life.