Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Affect Anyone

When people discuss traumatic brain injuries (TBI), military members who've been injured by improvised explosive devices and professional football players often receive the most attention. The focus is understandable. Blasts are a leading cause of TBI among active duty military members in war zones, and nearly 4,000 former football players and family members are suing the National Football league over chronic head injuries that commonly plague professional players.

However, brain injuries affect far more people than combat veterans and professional athletes. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries each year, including 475,000 children. In the United States, about 3.1 million people are living with lifelong disabilities due to brain injuries.

Common Causes of TBI

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, the most common causes of TBI are common accidents that could happen to any individual.

These include the following:

  • Falls: 35% of brain injuries happen when people suffer blows to the head during falls. This can include slipping in the bath or falling down steps or off ladders.
  • Car accidents: 17% of traumatic brain injuries come from car, motorcycle, and other vehicle accidents. Pedestrians and bicyclists are also at risk.
  • Workplace accidents: 16% of traumatic brain injuries result from head injuries at work. Some jobs, such as construction work, have a greater risk than others.
  • Assaults: 10% percent of traumatic brain injuries come from assaults. Gunshots, child abuse and domestic violence can all result in brain injuries.

The remaining 21% of brain injuries come from various other accidents.

Brain Injuries Are Extremely Costly

Most TBIs are concussions, often referred to as mild traumatic brain injuries. Even these injuries can result in post-concussive syndrome—a constellation of various long-lasting symptoms of the MTBI. Severe brain injuries are significant causes of accidental death, contributing to more than 30% of injury deaths in the United States each year. Survivors with severe TBI often require expensive medical treatment.

Each day of acute rehabilitation in a hospital can cost about $8,000, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. Later rehabilitation in a residential setting outside of a hospital can cost $850 to $2,000 per day. Those are just the medical expenses. Brain injuries result in missed work, lowered quality of life, and many other costs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the cost of TBI, including medical care and losses such as missed time at work, exceeds $76 billion a year.

Assessing Your Options After a Brain Injury

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury that was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another individual, you may be able to recover substantial compensation for the costs of medical treatment, missed time at work, and other significant damages. An experienced personal injury attorney with a proven track record of successfully handling cases involving traumatic brain injuries can explain your options and help you obtain maximum compensation for your claim.

Please feel free to call Biren Law Group if you would like to discuss your case with a Los Angeles injury lawyer at our firm.