Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are the third leading cause of injury-related deaths in the U.S. While TBIs can range from being mild to severe, they can end up impacting people’s abilities to think, communicate, coordinate their movements and/or even live independently.
Just as the effects of TBIs can be devastating, so too can be the accidents that cause them and the diagnostic processes. This is because TBIs can have diffuse, evolving symptoms that can take time to appropriately evaluate (though some researchers are currently working on changing this).
Below are some of the most important facts to be aware of when it comes to traumatic brain injuries. These facts are based on data compiled and published by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
The Facts about the Incidence & Impacts of TBIs in the U.S.
- About 1.7 million new TBIs are sustained in the U.S. each year – More than 3 percent of these cases are fatal. Just over 16 percent of patients have to be hospitalized. In close to about 80 percent of all new TBI cases, injured people are treated in and then released from emergency rooms.
- Young children and teens, along with older adults, are those who are most likely to suffer a TBI – In fact, children 4 and younger and teens 15 to 19, as well as adults 65 and older, are the age groups of people associated with the highest rates of TBIs.
- There are four primary causes of TBIs in the U.S. – Although about 21 percent of traumatic brain injuries are caused by “other” factors, according to the CDC, the four leading causes of TBIs have been identified as falling, motor vehicle accidents, assault and being struck by an object.
- Some of the leading causes of TBIs often involve negligence – This may be one of the more tragic facts about traumatic brain injuries because it reveals how the injuries could have been prevented if not for the careless or reckless behavior of some other party. For instance, when TBIs result from motor vehicle accidents, it’s not uncommon for a drunk or distracted driver to have been involved. In the case of falling accidents, building owners’ failure to maintain safe premises is just one form of negligence that can lead to falls and TBIs.
The good news for TBI survivors is that, if negligence contributed to their injuries, they may have some options for justice and financial recovery. They can find out more by consulting with an experienced lawyer.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer at the Klibaner Law Firm
If negligence may have cause your or a loved one’s TBI, a Denver personal injury lawyer at the Klibaner Law Firm is here for you, ready to aggressively advocate your rights to help you obtain the compensation you may deserve.
To learn more about your options and how we can help you, contact our firm today by calling us at (303) 863-1445 or emailing us using the contact form on this page. When you contact us:
- You will be able to discuss your case directly with one of our experienced attorneys.
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