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How common are brain injuries in the United States?

Throughout the United States each year, millions of injuries happen to the brain, one of the most important organs in the human body. According to statistics from the United States Center for Disease Control, traumatic brain injuries, commonly known as TBIs, led to approximately 2.5 million hospital visits and nearly 300,000 stays in the hospital in 2013 alone.

Traumatic brain injuries can lead to serious and even catastrophic injuries which could result in long-term or even life-long disabilities to its victim. Each day in the United States, approximately 153 people die from brain injuries. Nearly one third of all injury deaths can be attributed to brain injuries.

A traumatic brain injury can be defined as any blow to the head that impairs one’s normally functioning brain. For minor injuries, this could just cause slight and temporary changes to one’s mental condition. But severe injuries could lead to unconsciousness, memory loss, impaired thinking, movement, sensory loss and even mental conditions such as depression and personality changes.

The most common cause of traumatic brain injuries is slip and falls. Both young and older Americans are especially vulnerable to fall accidents. About half of all children under the age of 14 suffer TBIs as a result of a fall, and nearly four out of every five hospital visits and deaths are the result of a fall for adults 65 years or older. Another very common cause of a brain injury are automobile accidents.

As you can see, suffering from a brain injury can lead to serious and very significant disabilities which could have long-term or even lifelong consequences. If you have suffered from an accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Source: Centers for Disease Control, “Traumatic brain injury & Concussions,” Accessed on July 10, 2017