How many brain injuries occur annually in the United States?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an unfortunately common phenomenon with high personal and societal costs. Approximately 1.5 million head injuries are treated in United States emergency rooms every year. TBI causes approximately 52,000 deaths each year, and it is a leading cause of death and disability in people aged one to 44. 

Males are at a higher risk and experience TBI at approximately twice the rate of females.

Brain injuries can be caused by a number of traumatic events. Motor vehicle accidents, including accidents involving pedestrians, are a leading cause of brain injury. Sports injuries and assaults are other common causes. TBI also frequently occurs from falls, which are sometimes caused by property negligence or medical malpractice.

Brain injuries can have long-term, wide-reaching effects, permanently altering the victim’s health and quality of life. Death is the most severe consequence. TBI survivors can experience paralysis, disability, memory loss, seizures or emotional and personality changes. Additionally, moderate to severe head injuries are associated with a significantly higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

If you or a loved one sustained a traumatic brain injury due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Joyce & Reyes has represented hundreds of brain injury clients and would be happy to meet with you for a consultation.

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