The Texas division of the Brain Injury Association of America addresses the concerns of victims of brain injuries in Texas. Greater than 144,000 Texans suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in a single year. In addition, every year in Texas, 5,700 Texans are permanently disabled as a result of a traumatic brain injury. It is estimated that 381,000 Texans suffer with a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury.
Overall, traumatic brain injuries are a significant cause of death and disability in the United States. Traumatic brain injuries can have a significant impact on many aspects of a victim’s life. TBIs can lead to impaired memory and cognitive abilities; impaired movement; impaired auditory and visual senses; and impaired emotional functioning including personality changes or mood disruptions. Victims of traumatic brain injuries may have a variety of concerns, including medical expenses, treatment, rehabilitation and emotional struggles associated with TBIs.
Traumatic brain injuries impact victims, family members and communities. Car accidents are the third leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States. Victims of traumatic brain injuries can suffer a variety of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. When a TBI has resulted from a car accident negligently caused by a careless driver, the driver may be responsible to compensate the victim for damages.
The path to recovery following a traumatic brain injury can be a long, difficult and costly process. Because of the challenges victims of traumatic brain injuries face, it is important for them to understand that legal protections are available to help them when they have been wrongfully harmed.
Source: Brain Injury Association of America, “Important: DARS/CRS Program Update,” Accessed April 12, 2016