What is Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as a jolt or blow to the head or a penetrating head injury that causes disruption in the functionality of the brain for a period of time. TBI is an umbrella term for a wide variety of injuries and ability statuses, ranging from mild concussions to very serious cases. Effects of TBI can last from a short period to a lengthy occurrence; though many with TBI operate can operate independently.
Is TBI covered under the American Disabilities Act (ADA)?
The ADA does not list specific conditions in their eligibility requirements. Each person’s case is handled different under the ADA’s guidelines. Basically, the ADA defines a disability as a condition where a physical or psychological impairment has diminished the ability of a person to carry our one or more major life tasks. For more specific definitions and up-to-date information, please visit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
How can I avoid TBI?
Traumatic Brain Injuries are, for the most part, easy to prevent. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the leading causes of TBI in 2006:
- 40.2% Falls
- 21% Other
- 17.3% Motor Vehicle Accidents
- 16.5% Struck
- 10% Assault
These numbers indicate that a good amount of TBI cases can be prevented by exercising caution in walking/running and while driving. Here are ways you can avoid TBI:
- Wear a helmet.
- Wear a seatbelt.
- Do not drive while under the influence or while vision-impaired.
- Attempt to prevent falls in the home.
- Make living areas safe for children.
What can I do if I have TBI? Can I get Disability Compensation?
After seeing your doctor, if you have been diagnosed with TBI and feel as though it is a major impediment to your life, contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. We can offer you a free consultation about your medical situation and help you decide what your next steps should be. We serve the entire state of South Carolina, including Charleston, Greenville, Sumter, and Columbia.