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Brain Injury Statistics

Understanding the Facts Behind Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a severe public health problem in the United States. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.5 million people each year suffer a TBI; of those, 50,000 will die, and 230,000 will be hospitalized. TBIs can have long-term effects on an individual’s physical, cognitive, and mental health. In fact, TBIs are a significant contributor to disability and death in the United States. The CDC estimates that 80,000 to 90,000 people will experience long-term effects of their sustained TBI. Here are the facts you need to know.

The Leading Causes of TBIs reports the following as the most common reasons why people sustain a TBI:

  • Falls (47%)
  • Struck by/against an object (15%)
  • Motor vehicle traffic accidents (14%)
  • Assaults (10%)
  • Unknown (8%)
  • Other (7%)

An estimated 5.3 million Americans—2% of the U.S. population—live with a disability caused by a TBI. This estimate does not include people who may have sustained a mild TBI or concussion and recovered without lasting effects. People with a history of a TBI have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and other mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

The Effects of a TBI

TBIs can have many effects, ranging from mild concussion symptoms to coma or death. The vast majority of TBIs (75%) are benign, called concussions, and do not require hospitalization. However, even mild concussions can have long-lasting effects if not adequately treated. More severe TBIs can lead to extended hospitalization and long-term physical, cognitive, and mental health problems.

Older adults must be especially cautious after experiencing a blow to the head. TBIs often go undiagnosed in older adults due to signs and symptoms of a TBI that can resemble other medical conditions that are common in older adults, such as dementia. In addition, adults who take blood thinners have an increased risk of bleeding in the brain after a TBI, which can be fatal.

Getting Legal Help After Sustaining a TBI in the City of San Jose

A traumatic brain injury is a serious matter with severe consequences—some of which may last a lifetime. If you or someone you love has suffered a TBI in an accident that was not their fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. At Caputo and Van Der Walde – Injury & Accident Attorneys, our experienced personal injury attorneys in San Jose can help you understand your legal rights and options following a brain injury and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today at (800) 900-0863 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team. We’re here to protect your rights and fight for the justice you deserve.