The web team and Ladah Law Firm just put together this infographic illustrating some intriguing and shocking statistics about traumatic brain injuries and what recovery looks like. If you or a loved one sustained a brain injury, call us today for a free consultation about your legal rights.
According to a fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are one of the major causes of death and disability in our country. They result from a “bump, blow, or jolt to the head,” or from an object penetrating the head. They can range from mild to severe injuries. It is important to understand the prevalence of TBIs, risk factors, and recovery. Below you can find information about traumatic brain injuries provided by the CDC, the Brain Injury Association of America, ThinkFirst Northern Nevada, and the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center.
Learning More About TBIs
Each year, around 2.5 million TBIs occur, and more than 473,000 occur in children between the ages of 0-14 years old. These TBIs result in 2.2 million visits to emergency departments, about 280,000 hospitalizations, and around 50,000 fatalities. While all TBIs are serious and require medical attention, about 75 percent of all reported traumatic brain injuries are concussions, which are a form of mild TBI.
Generally speaking, males tend to sustain brain injuries (78.8 percent) more than females (21.2 percent). Most people sustain TBIs at night and on the weekends.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
What causes TBIs? The most common causes include the following:
- Falls (more than 40 percent);
- Assaults (about 19 percent);
- Being struck by/against an object (more than 15 percent); and
- Car accidents (more than 14 percent).
About 19 percent of all TBI causes are unknown. We do know, however, that motor vehicle accidents result in the highest number of fatal TBIs. And alcohol is a factor in anywhere from 33 percent to 50 percent of TBI cases.
Recovering from Brain Injury and Head Trauma
It is not easy to recover from a TBI. To be sure, anywhere from 80,000 to 90,000 people living with TBI suffer from long-term disabilities, and about 30,000 of those people are children. On average, the lifetime cost of a brain injury is about $4 million per person, and about 29 percent of all TBI victims are unemployed.
Contact an Experienced Brain Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas
If you or someone you love sustained a TBI, an experienced Las Vegas brain injury lawyer can help. Contact the Ladah Law Firm today for more information.
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