Millions of people sustain a head injury in the United States each year. Many of these injuries are the direct result of negligence on the part of other individuals or entities such as car drivers, property owners or governmental agencies. Victims of traumatic brain injuries can pursue financial compensation for their considerable losses with the help of a skilled Tustin brain injury lawyer.
National Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics
According to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. An estimated 75 percent of TBIs involve concussions or other forms of mild TBI. This means that 25 percent of head injuries are serious or even fatal. Brain injuries are a contributing factor in approximately a third (30.5 percent) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
Brain injury rates are higher for men than women in all age groups. Tragically, male children aged 0 to 4 years have the highest rates of TBI-related trips to the hospital. The CDC estimates that 473,947 children aged 0 to 14 years visit the emergency room for a TBI each year. Other age groups that are most commonly injured or killed by brain injuries are adolescents aged 15 to 19 and seniors (65 years or older).
California Brain Injury Statistics
According to The California Department of Mental Health (DMH), there were 29,354 patients hospitalized for TBI in California in the year 2007. Of those injuries, seven proved fatal and 25 percent of the victims were transferred to a second facility. The peak ages for brain injuries in California are infancy, early 20s and over 80.
An estimated 350,000 Californians are living with a TBI. Over 100,000 victims of TBI visit California emergency rooms each year and 25 percent of those victims never return to work. In the year 2006, 19,415 California residents were hospitalized with a non-fatal TBI. Of those TBI incidents, 43 percent were caused by falls, 22 percent occurred as a result of motor vehicle accidents and 17 percent were caused by assaults or other acts of violence.
Causes of TBI
Falls are the leading cause of TBI in the United States. In fact, falling accidents are responsible for 35.2 percent of all brain injuries. Motor vehicle accidents are the cause of 17.3 percent of all TBIs making it the second most common cause of non-fatal brain injuries. Traffic-related fatalities do, however, make up the largest percentage of fatal TBI-related deaths with 31.8 percent. Victims who are struck by objects or equipment make up 16.5 percent of TBI incidents. Another 10 percent of brain injuries result from assault.
Losses Suffered in TBIs
Even relatively minor brain injuries can result in major medical and rehabilitation expenses. Victims often require emergency room treatments, expensive MRI or CAT Scan testing, hospitalization, surgical procedures and lengthy hospitalization. Some victims will also require rehabilitation services, medical devices and prescription medications. Paying for these considerable bills are particularly difficult for TBI victims who may not only have to take time off work, but may never be able to return to work.
Pursuing Compensation after a TBI
Victims can pursue financial compensation for their considerable losses by filing a claim against the at-fault party. After a slip-and-fall accident, for example, it must be determined if the accident resulted from a hazardous condition, if the property owner knew of the condition and if the property owner failed to prevent the accident. In such cases, a premises liability claim can hold the property owner accountable for his or her negligence. Following a car accident, it must be determined if the at-fault driver was negligent at the time of the crash. Was the driver speeding, drunk, fatigued, distracted or otherwise careless? In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the victim's injuries and losses by filing a personal injury claim.
The experienced Tustin brain injury lawyers at our law firm have helped victims of catastrophic injuries obtain fair compensation for damages including but not limited to medical expenses, lost earnings, lost future income, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Please contact us for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
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