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
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.