There are more than 45,000 people in Arizona who are living with the effects of a traumatic brain injury. TBIs are one of the most frequently reported injuries in the nation with someone sustaining a TBI every 23 seconds. Those who run the greatest risk for it are males between the ages of 14 and 24 and those who have already incurred one.

An injury to the brain can have wide-ranging consequences since the brain is responsible for one’s senses, emotions and memory and controls the functions of one’s body. TBI victims may experience memory loss; anxiety or depression; problems with concentrating, listening, learning and sleeping; headaches and changes in vision and hearing. Victims may have difficulty with speaking and with controlling their behavior and reactions.

TBIs are often incurred in motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents sporting incidents. Individuals can avoid injury if, for example, they wear a seatbelt. Bicyclists should wear a helmet, which is 85% effective in preventing TBIs. Helmets and mouth guards also protect help prevent them during sporting and recreational activities.

TBIs are often linked with falls, but devices like window guards, handrails and safety gates on stairs can help. Also, gun owners should keep their firearms locked. Around 91% of firearm-related brain injuries are fatal.

Those who incur a traumatic brain injury in a car accident may be able to file a personal injury claim against the other driver. If they slipped and fell on another’s property, this may open the way for a premises liability claim. Whatever their situation, victims of another’s negligence should know that they may be eligible for compensation but that the filing of a claim can be a difficult process. This is where a lawyer may come in and assist, especially with the negotiations.