If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), have a loved one that has been impacted by TBI or lost a loved one to a TBI, you may be surprised to learn just how common this type of injury is and how many lives are impacted each year by TBI. Looking at recent information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, we found these 10 shocking statistics about traumatic brain injury you must read now:
#1 Millions Suffer TBI Each Year - More than 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year and of all injury-related deaths in America, roughly one-third are caused by traumatic brain injury!
#2 Most Brain Injuries Are Mild - Although millions of cases of TBI are reported each year, about 75% are not life threatening and manifest as concussions or other non-fatal forms of traumatic brain injury.
#3 Three Age Groups Are at High Risk – Young children under age 4, teens from 15-19 and seniors over the age of 65 are at highest risk. The oldest and youngest are due to walking issues and the teens from higher risk behavior.
#4 One Gender Is at Greater Risk – Males are always at much higher risk for suffering TBI than females no matter the age of the victim and are more likely to seek ER treatment for a brain injury.
#6 Traumatic Brain Injuries Cause Deaths – More than 52,000 people die from a TBI each year. For children under age four, it is the leading cause of death and permanent disability!
#7 TBI Can Have Far Reaching Effects – Moderate TBI carries a more than double risk of Alzheimer’s disease and severe head injuries can increase the chances of Alzheimer’s four-fold.
#8 Brain Injuries Ruin Lives – Even for those that survive traumatic brain injury, more than five million people will suffer a permanent long-term disability they will never recover from.
#9 Death from Traumatic Brain Injuries Happens Fast – The majority of deaths that result from TBI will happen at the time of the accident or within the first few hours after arriving at the ER for treatment.
#10 TBI Survivors Continue to Suffer – Two-thirds of those that survive their traumatic brain injury will need ongoing support such as rehabilitation or physical therapy for the remainder of their lives.
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury (or you lost a family member to TBI) that was caused by the actions or negligence of another, you should contact the offices of Nelson Barry immediately for a free consultation on making a claim for compensation for your injuries.