According to the CDC, Americans suffer approximately 2.8 million traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year, resulting in almost 50,000 deaths.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports that 286,963 people in Illinois suffered severe brain injuries in 2014 alone. More important than just numbers, the effects of a serious brain injury can be devastating, leaving victims suffering for months and years. For some victims, traumatic brain injuries can even result in permanent disability, changing their lives forever.
The Illinois personal injury attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. regularly help people across the state who have suffered brain injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. Our experienced legal team provide dedicated, high-quality representation and work with every client to ensure that they secure the compensation they deserve.
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What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury as “a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” There is a common misconception that traumatic brain injuries are limited to injuries such as skull fractures, brain damage, and similar causes. However, the CDC notes that traumatic brain injuries can cover a spectrum of injuries ranging from mild to severe. Concussions are the most common form of a mild traumatic brain injury, much more common than many people think – more than 170,000 children and teens are treated for traumatic brain injuries and concussions each year.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can occur in a number of ways, and the CDC studies indicate that children and people over the age of 65 are at the highest risk of suffering a TBI. Common, everyday accidents can result in a severe brain injury, such as the following situations:
- Car accidents
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Athletic activities and sports
- Construction site injuries
- Being struck by a falling object
These accidents can be the result of pure chance, but they are often due to someone’s negligence.
Brain Injury Statistics
Somewhat surprisingly, unintentional falls are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths and hospitalizations across the country. The Illinois Department of Health broke down its 2014 brain injury statistics as follows:
- 34% were caused by unintentional falls
- 17% were caused by motor vehicle accidents
- 7% were classified as “other” and 40% were caused by murder or suicide
TBI-related ER visits:
- 32% were caused by unintentional falls
- 11% were caused by motor vehicle accidents
- 46% were classified as “other”
- 31% were caused by unintentional falls
- 17% were caused by motor vehicle accidents
- 45% were classified as “other”
To summarize, unintentional falls and car accidents were the top two causes of TBI-related accidental death when you remove intentionally-inflicted injuries. For ER visits and hospitalization, the “other” category encompasses the primary cause, which suggests that people can suffer a severe a brain injury in various ways.
Brain trauma caused by car accidents account for a higher percentage of hospitalizations than ER visits. This suggests that a significant portion of those diagnosed with brain injuries perhaps did not suffer symptoms immediately after the accident.
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