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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) that does not result in immediate death may cause extensive physical damage and long-term complications. The victim’s ability to participate in many aspects of life may be reduced. Their family can face major medical expenses for years.
The Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF) says at least 5.3 million Americans, or 2 percent of the U.S. population, currently lives with disabilities resulting from TBI. Hospital emergency rooms in our country see about 1.5 million head injuries every year.
Traumatic brain injury occurs when a sudden trauma such as a blow or jolt to the head causes damage to the brain. The severity of TBI can range from a concussion to a coma, the BTF says.
According to the BTF:
- About 2 million people suffer TBI every year.
- Approximately 50,000 TBIs each year result in death.
- More than 80,000 TBI victims suffer permanent disability.
In Alabama, according to the Alabama Head Injury Foundation:
- Approximately 10,000 Alabama residents suffer TBI each year.
- 500 Alabama residents die from TBI each year
- 1,500 Alabama residents become disabled because of a brain injury every year.
The nonprofit BTF, which conducts clinical research to provide solutions and raise public awareness and understanding about brain injury, says the most under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-estimated head injury by far are concussions or mild TBIs. The BTF says:
- 90 percent of brain injuries in the U.S. each year are concussions.
- Almost 4 million athletes of every age suffer concussions every year.
- 20 percent of people diagnosed with a concussion do not recover.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the leading causes of TBI are:
- Falls – 35.2 percent. Falls cause 50 percent of TBIs among children up to 14 years old, and 61 percent of all TBIs among adults aged 65 and older.
- Motor vehicle crashes – 17.3 percent. Car, truck and motorcycle accidents also cause the largest percentage of TBI-related deaths (31.8 percent).
- Being hit by or colliding with an object – 16.5 percent
- Assaults – 10 percent
The CDC also says that about 18 percent of all TBI-related emergency room visits involve children up to 4 years old, while approximately 22 percent of all TBI-related hospitalizations involve adults aged 75 years old and older. Males comprise 59 percent of brain injury victims.
Contact Our Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers Today
Severe TBI is a life-changing event for the injured person and those around them. Brain injury victims often require medical assistance for the rest of their lives. When someone suffers TBI in a car crash, by suffering a slip-and-fall at a store, in an assault, or during a sports event, they or their family members have a right to seek compensation from those at fault for their losses and the expenses they will face.
If you or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an accident in Alabama that was not your or your loved one’s fault, our traumatic brain injury lawyers can advise you about your legal options. Call our attorneys today at 205-933-1500 or use our online form to obtain a free consultation about your case.