According to the CDC, around 1.5 million Americans yearly suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Of these, approximately 230,000 are hospitalized, and close to 65,000 people die from complications. A recent study has found that, over 30 years, people who have sustained a TBI are two times more likely to die than those who have not been injured. When TBI is severe, that risk increases to three times.
The leading causes of TBI are:
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Firearm-Related Injury
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
Falls are the leading cause of TBI, accounting for nearly half of all hospitalizations. Firearm-related suicide is the leading cause of fatal TBI. However, motor vehicle accidents and violence can also lead to severe or fatal instances.
People who are ethnic or racial minorities, live in rural areas, have previously been incarcerated, or have served in the military are at higher risk for TBI. So too, are people who have experienced homelessness or been the victim of domestic violence.
People over 75 have the highest number of TBI-related hospitalizations (32 percent) and deaths (28 percent) of any group, but younger children are also at heightened risk. Tragically, years of struggle are likely when an injury occurs early in life. But, more than a struggle, TBI is extremely expensive as well and can, throughout a lifetime, cost upwards of $3 million for treatment alone.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and a great time to familiarize yourself with the risks of TBI and how you can help prevent injury for yourself and those you love. It also continues the #MoreThanMyBrainInjury campaign, which encourages survivors to tell their stories and change the narrative surrounding brain injury. If you are looking for resources, visit the Brain Injury Association of America (linked above) for more information.
Some resources are free for victims of brain injury. Some, like rehabilitation and care, are not. If your injury resulted from someone else’s actions, you might be entitled to seek compensation for all related expenses, including pain and suffering. Please use our lawyer locator to find qualified legal representation in your area and learn more about your rights.