Published on:

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Definition: A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow to the head that results in a disruption of the normal brain functioning. TBI’s may range from a brief change in cognitive functioning to an extended period of unconsciousness. (Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control) TBI’s are some of the more common injuries sustained by nursing home residents.  TBI’s are most common in the elderly population.  iStock_000003126753XSmall1

Facts: How common are TBI’s:

  • 1.4 million American have a TBI each year
  • 52,000 deaths per year
  • 235,000 hospitalizations
  • 1.1 million emergency room treatments

It is a surprise to most people that people 75 and older compose the largest group of TBI patients.  Further, most TBI’s result from falls or physical abuse.  (Falls and nursing home abuse)

Consequences:  It is very difficult to measure the consequence / fallout from TBI’s.  TBI’s have very different symptoms in every person.  While some people who may have a TBI and be able to function, other may suffer from significant cognitive and psychological impairment.  A TBI may effect sensory motor, and automatic functions.  While most of the effects of a TBI may be apparent within a day or two from the initial trauma, many long-term effect do not become apparent until long after the traumatic event.

Treatment: Many elderly who suffer from TBI’s require extensive rehabilitation and physical therapy.  The cost of the rehab is significant– some treatments costs are projected to exceed a million dollar.  The most important treatment is diagnosis.  All treatments are most affective if implemented soon after the initial injury.  In addition to physical therapists and physicians, neuropsychologists are very important in developing a care plan for TBI patients.

For additional information on TBI’s look here.

Client Reviews

  • Having worked in the medical field, I appreciated the way that Mr. Rosenfeld and his staff approached my family’s situation. The combination of medical knowledge and legal expertise was indeed the winning combination for our case.
  • While nothing can change the way our mother was treated at a nursing facility, I do feel a sense of vindication that the facility was forced to pay for their treatment. I am certain that they would never have done had my attorneys not held their feet to the fire.
  • I was very nervous about initiating a claim against my mother’s nursing facility, but Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers took care of everything from getting the medical records to going to court. I felt like I had real advocates on my side. That meant a lot to me.
  • After a horrific episode at a nursing home, my sister and I spoke to a number of law firms. No one took the time to answer our questions and explain the legal process like Mr. Rosenfeld. He did a tremendous job on our case and I can see why he’s earned the praise he has from clients and peers.
  • I liked the fact that I could call the office and ask questions about the legal process at anytime. I could tell that my case was in good hands. I think that this was reflected in my father’s settlement was more than I anticipated the case ever being worth.