One of the most important organs in the human body is the brain. Long considered to be one of the most complex systems known to humankind, the brain functions are essential for human life. The good news is that in most living organisms, including humans, the brain is protected by a strong and sturdy skull. That does not mean that it is immune to injury however. Any impact with the head could lead a victim to a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.
Traumatic brain injuries are common in accidents. Whether it is a slip and fall, a sports injury, or a car accident, including a pedestrian accident. A minor TBI might not be easy to diagnose, as it is not always easy to identify an injury to the brain. Common side effects for TBIs include drowsiness, dizziness, severe headache and loss of memory. Such symptoms, if untreated, could turn into a more serious condition for a victim.
Major TBI injuries could lead a victim with long-term or even permanent disabilities. In most severe cases, an injury to the brain could lead to unconsciousness or even death. Since pedestrians are especially vulnerable while on or near roads, and heads vulnerable to an impact or injury when involved with an accident, it is no wonder why TBIs are so common.
It is believed that each year in the United States, as many as 1.7 million Americans are victim of a brain injury. If you have been the victim of a brain injury due to a pedestrian accident, you may want to reach out to a law firm familiar with personal injury to see whether you could be entitled to compensation for your injury.
Source: Findlaw.com, "Brain Injury Overview," Accessed June 26, 2017