Women had tripped and fallen over the remnant of a no-parking sign striking her head and sustaining a skull fracture and an epidural hematoma. She required a craniotomy with evacuation of the hematoma and was left with severe cognitive dysfunction, depression and disabling headaches. The jury awarded the women an undisclosed amount for her future pain and suffering.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. From 2006 to 2014, the number of TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths increased by 53%. (according to the Center for Disease Control
). In 2014, an average of 155 people in the United States died each day from injuries that include a TBI.1 Those who survive a TBI can face effects that last a few days, or the rest of their lives. Effects of TBI can include impairments related to thinking or memory, movement, sensation (e.g., vision or hearing), or emotional functioning (e.g., personality changes, depression). These issues not only affect individuals but also can have lasting effects on families and communities.