Sometimes we accidentally bump our head on something. Oftentimes these injuries are minor, causing soreness and a goose egg, but not much else. However, there are incidents in which a blow to the head is a serious injury. Car crashes, sporting accidents and slip-and-fall accidents could all result in a traumatic brain injury that could change the trajectory of a person’s life for the long-run.

As some Stamford residents may already know, TBIs are not that uncommon. According to one report, from 2010 to 2015 the number of TBI diagnoses rose 43 percent. It is also reported that each year approximately 2.5 million individuals in the nation suffer a TBI. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBIs are a factor in nearly one-third of all injury deaths in the nation.

TBIs occur when a person suffers a blow or jolt to the head that affects the functionality of the person’s brain. One medical professional stated that if a TBI is not treated quickly, the injury could ultimately cause permanent damage. A serious TBI can cause bruising of the brain, torn brain tissue and internal bleeding. These complications have the potential to have long-lasting effects and could even be fatal.

Negligence often plays a role in TBI injuries. For example, a person could suffer a serious TBI in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. By driving drunk, that driver has breached his or her duty of care to drive reasonably under the circumstances. If this breach is the cause of the person’s injuries, the drunk driver may be liable for the damages he or she caused. However, every case is different, and this post does not provide legal advice. Those in Connecticut who have suffered a TBI may want to seek the guidance necessary to determine if they can pursue a personal injury claim against the person responsible for their injury.