The Staggering Statistics Of Brain Injuries
According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 1.7 million people across the United States who sustain a traumatic brain injury every year. In 2000, about $60 billion was spent on costs associated with brain injuries. One-third of injury-related deaths are due to traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- There were 29,354 patients hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury. Of those, 7% died, and 25% were sent to another facility for further treatment in 2007.
- It is estimated that more than 350,000 Californians are living with a traumatic brain injury at any given time
- Of the 100,000 Californians who visit emergency rooms annually due to a head injury, at least 25% will never return to work.
- California statistics show that the “peak” ages in the state for traumatic brain injuries are infancy, the early 20’s, and among those over the age of 80.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, call brain injury attorney John Rapillo at 949-652-2604. With more than 35 years of experience, our team will help you maximize your compensation. We offer a free consultation for your convenience.
Common Causes Of Brain Injuries
According to the CDC, falls account for 40% of traumatic brain injuries. Other causes include:
- Motor vehicle accidents — including truck, motorcycle, pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Being struck by an object or being struck against an object
- Violent assaults
- Sports injuries — cycling, football, baseball, basketball, off-road vehicles and other sports
- Birth injuries
To read more about the differences between various types of injuries, please see our page on frequently asked questions about brain injuries.
The Effects Of Brain Injuries Range From Memory Impairment To Physical Paralysis
The effects of a brain injury will depend on the type of brain injury as well as the severity. Cognitive and physical effects can be temporary or permanent. A person involved in a catastrophic accident resulting in brain injuries can have trouble remembering, lose the ability to speak and experience unexpected emotional changes. The range of physical effects can include loss of range of motion in arms and legs to total immobility.
There are many types and levels of brain injury, from moderate to severe. Brain injuries will often result in a person and their family having to accommodate significant life changes due to:
- Emotional effects of a brain injury can result in significant personality changes, wide mood swings, depression, sadness, anxiety, frustration, anger and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Physical effects of a brain injury can include loss of mobility, limited range of motion, muscle spasms, weakness, paralysis, uncontrolled movements or tremors, loss of sensation or exaggerated sensations, fatigue and epileptic seizures.
At the Law Offices of John Rapillo, our firm focuses exclusively on personal injury law. When a brain injury has caused you or a loved one dysfunction, our firm can help you.
Call Us Today And Find Out How We Can Help You
If you or a loved one is the victim of an accident resulting in a brain injury, contact the Law Offices of John Rapillo right away. You need the time following your brain injury to try to heal and to get back to your life. With our experienced accident attorney at your side, you can be confident we will pursue the maximum compensation. Email us or call us at 949-652-2604 for a free consultation today.