brain injury • Scott & Wallace LLPTraumatic brain injuries can occur in the blink of an eye and sometimes result in debilitating lifelong conditions or death. According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year approximately 1.7 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries, in which 52,000 are fatal. These injuries result in 275,000 hospitalizations and make up nearly a third of all injury related deaths each year. In most cases, traumatic brain injuries are caused by auto accidents and terrible falls. Brain injuries can also occur due to medical negligence during a patient’s medical care. If a patient is misdiagnosed or has a threatening problem that is not treated properly, a brain injury can result.

Children aged 0 to 4 years old, older adolescents aged 15 to 19, and adults aged 65 years and older are most likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Almost half a million emergency department visits for TBI are made annually by children aged 0 to 14 years.  Adults aged 75 years and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalization and death.

According to the Brain Trauma Foundation:

At least 5.3 million Americans, 2% of the U.S. population, currently live with disabilities resulting from TBI.

Moderate & severe head injury (respectively) is associated with a 2.3 and 4.5 times increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Males are about twice as likely as females to experience a TBI.

The leading causes of TBI are falls, motor vehicle crashes, struck by or against events, and assaults, respectively.

Brain injuries are a very traumatic injury that usually leads to years of medical bills, loss of wages, and psychological and physical pain and suffering. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a brain injury in North Florida or Southwest Georgia, please contact our office for a free consultation.