Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a frequent result of automotive collisions, workplace accidents and other types of personal injury. TBIs are especially troubling because the ultimate effects of these injuries are not always immediately apparent and can manifest months or years after the initial accident or incident. Moreover, the medical and scientific community has yet to fully comprehend the various types of aftereffects TBIs can have.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an average of 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur each year among the civilian population of the United States. Consider the following statistics:
- One in four reported TBIs is moderate or severe in nature.
- TBI accounts for an average of 52,000 deaths each year.
- Approximately 275,000 people are hospitalized each year due to TBI.
- Boys under the age of four are most likely to receive emergency treatment for TBI.
- People over the age of 75 are most likely to receive inpatient hospital treatment for TBI.
- Falls account for approximately 35 percent of TBIs - approximately 523,000 each year. More than 60,000 of these injuries result in hospitalization and almost 10,000 are fatal.
- Motor vehicle accidents account for about 17 percent of TBIs - almost 219,000 each year. Nearly 57,000 of these injuries require hospitalization; more than 16,000 are fatal. These types of traumatic brain injuries are most common among people 20 to 24 years old.
TBI is a serious injury that should never be ignored or underestimated in legal proceedings. Illinois and Wisconsin personal injury attorneys with specific TBI experience work with respected medical experts to maximize compensation for negligence victims and their families.