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CDC: 3 Traumatic Brain Injuries Occur Every Minute

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 3 traumatic brain injuries occur in the United States every minute. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are receiving more attention today than in the past, and we hear about them in the context of everything from professional sports regulations to injuries suffered by our troops deployed overseas.

A TBI occurs when an external force traumatically injures the brain and disrupts its normal function. The most common causes of TBI include violence, transportation accidents, construction, sports, firearm injuries, falls, explosions, and being hit in the head with an object. According to the CDC, the demographic groups most at risk for sustaining TBIs are males, the very young, and the elderly:

  • Males are more likely to have a TBI than females
  • Boys under 4 years old have the highest combined rates of ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths due to TBI
  • People 75 years or older are the most hospitalized group for TBI and are more likely to die because of a TBI than any other age group

In terms of the financial and productivity cost of TBI, the CDC reports the following statistics:

  • At least 1.7 million TBIs occur each year either alone or in combination with other illnesses
  • Over 5 million people live with a disability related to TBI in the United States
  • The cost of TBI-related healthcare and lost work is $76.5 billion each year

Signs and symptoms of TBI include the following:

  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Problems with coordination
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Lightheadedness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sleep patterns

 

TBI can leave people with long-lasting, possibly permanent complications. It is important to get medical attention as soon as possible after receiving a head injury that could potentially cause TBI. If you have suffered an injury that led to a TBI, you may be entitled to recover from those responsible for your injuries. To determine whether you have a claim, you should contact an experienced Coweta County brain injury attorney as soon as possible.  To schedule a free consultation, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia