A Colorado State University student suffered a traumatic brain injury last weekend when he fell from the ATV he was riding.
The victim, whose name and age have not been released, was a passenger on a two-person ATV that struck a rock, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said. The victim lost his balance and fell from the vehicle. His helmet came off as he fell, and he struck his head.
The accident happened as he and the ATV driver were riding down Bunce School Road on U.S. Forest Service Property southeast of Allenspark.
Paramedics stabilized and transported him to Colorado State Highway 7, where a Northern Colorado Medical Evacuation helicopter was waiting, the Boulder Sheriff’s Office reported. The patient was then taken to Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. The seriousness of his injuries remained unknown last week, the department spokesperson stated.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in short- or long-term problems with independent function. A TBI is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. Though not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI, the injury sustained by the CSU student was severe enough to cause one. Typically, the severity of a head injury resulting in TBI ranges from “mild” to “severe.” A mild TBI might be defined as a brief change in mental status or consciousness, while a severe TBI can be understood as an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury.
According to the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado, falling is the leading cause of TBIs and accounts for 35.2% of those injuries annually. Motor vehicle/traffic crashes cause 17.3% of TBIs. Blows to the head (ex. an item falling onto an accident victim’s head) make up 16.5% of all TBI cases, while assaults are the cause of 10% of all TBIs nationwide.
Males are about 1.5 times more likely than females to sustain a TBI.
Direct medical costs and indirect costs (such as lost productivity) of TBI have totaled over $60 billion in the United States since 1995.
The negative psychological and financial impacts of traumatic brain injuries can be devastating. People injured in incidents like this CSU student’s ATV accident are entitled to be compensated for their losses by the insurance company of those who caused the injury.
Losses may include property damage and monetary damages. Monetary damages may include medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost earnings, loss of future earning capacity, and general damages for pain, suffering, and disability.
A Colorado head injury lawyer like the attorneys at Heuser & Heuser can help you recover the compensation you deserve! If you have suffered a brain injury or a loved one has endured the pain of a TBI, you should seek counsel on your legal rights. Call us today at 1-800-370-5150 or click here for free advice on your traumatic brain injury case.