Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is commonly associated with car accidents and ATV accidents. The human brain is very vulnerable in the skull, and any powerful impact can cause a hemorrhage, concussion, or other form of brain damage.
Though concussions receive a great deal of media attention, in part due to the fact that so many athletes suffer them, Traumatic Brain Injury is less well known. But TBI is common enough that all of us likely encounter people who suffer from it on at least a monthly basis.
Because it receives so little national attention, most people are unaware of just how difficult life is for people who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. Now, recent research indicates that these types of injuries are a major factor in driving people to homelessness. According to research:
- More than two out of every three homeless people in some areas suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury
- Homeless people with TBI are less likely to turn their lives around and find either a long-term place to live or a long-term job than people without Traumatic Brain Injuries
- People suffering from TBI are frequently addicted to painkillers due to the treatments they underwent when they first suffered their injury, and addiction is a common cause of homelessness
Taking into account all the negative economic factors affecting people who have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, it is extremely important to make sure these people are cared for any way we can. When that person is a loved one, this is even more important. Often, since the injury itself was the result of a car accident or other trauma, an experienced attorney can help you hold the negligent to account and secure the settlement you need to provide care and a home for your loved one as they attempt to recover as best they can from their injuries.