Summer is finally in full swing, and families are typically found outside enjoying fun outings, sports games, and recreational activities. However, the long summer days also bring with them an increase in motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries. Sadly, accident victims of all ages are also at an increased risk for sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury during the summer months. An estimated 1.5 million Americans suffer from some form of brain injury each year.
Parents, teachers, coaches, and friends need to be able to recognize the signs of a brain injury quickly to get their loved ones the medical help they need. After all, immediate emergency medical intervention helps mitigate the devastating long-term effects of a brain injury. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a brain injury could even make a difference between life and death.
Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury
The severity and location of the brain injury will determine the symptoms you may recognize after an accident. According to the Mayo Clinic, parents and coaches should have their child evaluated quickly by a qualified medical professional if they notice any of the following signs after an accident or collision:
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance or coordination issues
- Slurred speech
- Extreme drowsiness or sleeping excessively
- Ringing in ears
- Memory or concentration problems
- Clear fluid draining from the nose or ears
- Dilation of one or both pupils
Brain Injury Victims May Need a Lifetime of Care
Even when the signs of a brain injury are recognized quickly, and accident victims receive prompt medical treatment, they may still suffer long-term disability. In fact, an estimated 100,000 brain injury victims experience some form of long-term disability as a result of their accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brain injuries cost the United States up to $10 billion per year. It is estimated that caring for a brain injury survivor can cost up to $1.875 million over a lifetime. This does not include indirect costs to society and families, such as lost earnings or productivity.
Brain injury survivors may have a right to seek compensation for their medical expenses, rehabilitation, and lost wages, if the cause of the injury is someone else’s fault. If the survivor’s disability is permanent, he or she may need money to help pay for long-term care, as well as compensation for lost future earnings, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Have You Suffered a Brain Traumatic Injury in a New Jersey Accident?
If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury in an accident, it is important to know how devastating and life-changing these injuries can be. To learn more about your legal rights, call the Vineland, New Jersey brain injury attorneys at Rosner Law Offices, P.C. today for a free initial consultation and review of your potential case. Contact us at (856)692-6500 or fill out our confidential contact form. Our office has the experience and resources to tackle complex cases.