About 1.4 million people suffer a brain injury trauma every year, many times resulting in permanent and debilitating disability that requires substantial expenses for treatment and day-to-day care.
Head injuries are a leading cause of death and permanent disability, especially among children and young adults.
A brain trauma can be caused by a direct impact to the head or by a sudden acceleration of the skull, which can cause permanent brain damage, such as rear end or T-bone motor vehicle collisions.
The most common causes of a head injury include:
- Fall Injury (28%)
- Auto, Motorcycle or Truck Accidents (20%)
- Being Struck by an Object (19%)
- Violence (11%)
- Bicycle Accidents (3%)
Symptoms of a traumatic head injury may vary depending on the severity of the brain injury, but could include:
- Headache, Vomiting, Nausea
- Lack of Motor Coordination
- Dizziness, Difficulty Balancing, Lightheadedness
- Blurred Vision
- Ringing in the Ears
- Bad Taste in the Mouth
- Changes in Sleep Patterns
- Slurred Speech
- Memory Loss