Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults under age 44, according to the Brain Trauma Foundation. Car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and sports injuries top the list of TBI causes. Currently, about two percent of the U.S. population, or 5.3 million people, live with disabilities caused by a TBI, and TBI claims about 52,000 lives each year – or about one thousand people each week.
The more you know about traumatic brain injury, the better equipped you become to protect your rights or the rights of someone you love after a catastrophic accident. Here are some more sobering statistics about brain injury:
- TBI hospitalization, emergency department visit, and death rates have climbed in the past decade, from 521 per 100,000 patients in 2001 to 823.7 per 100,000 in 2010.
- The rate of emergency room visits for TBI among children ages 0-4 nearly doubled from 2001 to 2010, from 1112.6 per 100,000 patients to 2193.8 per 100,000 patients.
- Children ages 0-4 are most likely to suffer a TBI of any age group. However, TBI rates for all age groups have risen over the past fifteen years.
- Slip and fall accidents remain the number-one cause of TBI, followed by car crashes.
- The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease increases 2.3 times with a moderate TBI and 4.5 times with a severe TBI.
At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our experienced New Jersey catastrophic injury lawyers fight to protect the legal rights of those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and other serious harm. Contact us today to learn more.