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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Perhaps one of the saddest accidents a person can survive is one that leaves behind a serious brain injury. After all, the brain is a miraculous powerhouse, constantly coordinating how we physically exist and move through this world – while also helping us develop intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

When the brain is impaired due to a moderate or major head concussion, our lives can be irreparably damaged.

Here’s additional information about brain injuries that nearly always require immediate medical treatment.

A General Definition of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

According to the Mayo Clinic website, a traumatic brain injury occurs “when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction.” People often suffer this type of injury following a serious car accident, while playing contact sports, being shot in the head, or falling down a flight of stairs. Many others incur TBIs while handling construction work duties.

A large percentage of brain traumas greatly alter people’s lives – even if only for relatively short time periods. As the Mayo Clinic points out, “Mild traumatic brain injury may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells. [However], more serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain that can result in long-term complications or death.”

How Common Are Traumatic Brain Injuries – What Are the Numbers?

The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that accurate records cannot really be maintained regarding every “non-fatal” traumatic brain injury (TBI) suffered in this country each year. After all, many people don’t even realize that they may have incurred a TBI. Therefore, they don’t seek out any type of medical help.

  • Roughly 10 Years Ago – A statistical snapshot. About 1.7 million people were suffering TBIs in this country each year. Out of that number, about:
    • 52,000 people died
    • 275,000 were hospitalized, and
    • About “1.365 million were treated and released from an emergency department”
  • Today – based on January 2016 statistics posted on the CDC website, we know that the following TBI information is true (current through 2010):
    • Emergency room visits. “Rates of TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits increased [greatly] for all age groups from the period of 2001–2002 through 2009–2010. The rates of TBI-related ED visits increased the most for youths four years of age and younger;”
    • Comparing statistics for men and women. Back in 2001, the CDC reported that roughly 27.8 men and 9.6 women, per 100,000 of the U. S. population (respectively), were suffering TBIs annually. As of 2010, those numbers had decreased to roughly 25.4 for men and 9.0 for women. However, in 2010, men were still suffering almost triple the number of annual TBIs as women;
    • Annual deaths. There was a small decrease in annual deaths due to TBIs during this time period ending in 2010 (from 18.5 per 100,000 to about 17.1 per 100,000 of U. S. population);
    • Comparison regarding injury mechanism and age. Both young children (age four and under) and older Americans (age 65 and over) continue to suffer the vast majority of their brain injuries due to falls;
    • Motor vehicle injuries. Americans between the ages of 15 and 44 incur traumatic brain injuries most commonly due to motor vehicle-related traffic accidents.
    • Texas Brain Injury Alliance information and data. You can learn even more about your traumatic brain injury by visiting this user-friendly website.

It’s been estimated that at least once every 18 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a traumatic brain injury.  Should this happen to you, a loved one or friend, please contact our office so we can help you recover financial damages owed to you due to the negligence of someone else.

Carlos Galliani is an experienced Texas brain injury attorney who fights hard to protect the rights of every client. He’s fully prepared to handle your traumatic brain injury lawsuit. Please call to discuss your case with Mr. Galliani at (214) 301-3400.

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