According to the Center for Disease Control (the CDC) injuries to the brain are the most likely injuries to result in permanent injury or death. Each year about 1.5 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury. Approximately ONE MILLION people in America are treated and released from hospital emergency rooms as a result of a Traumatic brain injury. It has been estimated that 5.3 million people in America alone have some type of disability as a result of a traumatic brain injury.
The International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) has posted on it site an article about Mild Traumatic brain injuries providing diagnostic tests that would be helpful in assessing MTB’s.
These types of brain injuries have been called a “silent epidemic “because many patients do not have visible signs of injury. Many times the need for treatment is lost in the treatment of the physical injuries.
A mild traumatic brain injury is defined as:
- Any period of loss of consciousness
- Any loss of memory for events immediately before or after the accident;
- Any alteration in mental state at the time of the accident (egg, feeling dazed, disoriented, or confused)
- Focal neurological deficit(s) that may or may not be transient
But, where the severity of the injury does not exceed the following:
- Loss of consciousness approximately 30 minutes or less
- After 30 minutes, an initial Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) of 13-15
- Post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) not greater than 24 hours.
James C. Wright
Attorney at Law
Butler, Vines & Babb
2701 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
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