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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jan 21, 2015

The impact of a traumatic brain injury can be devastating for a person and his or her family.  It occurs when an external force causes brain dysfunction.  It usually results from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body.  An object penetrating the skull, such as a bullet or shattered piece of skull can also cause traumatic brain injury.  More serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain that can result in long-term complications or death.

Of the 1.7 million who sustain a TBI each year in the United States:

  • 52,000 die

  • 275,000 are hospitalized

  • 1.3 million are treated and released from an emergency department.

The leading causes of TBI are:

  • Falls (35.2%);

  • Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (17.3%);

  • Struck by/against events (16.5%);

  • Assaults (10%); and

  • Unknown/Other (21%).

Who is at highest risk for TBI?

  • Males are about 1.5 times as likely as females to sustain a TBI.

  • The two age groups at highest risk for TBI are 0 to 4 year olds and 15 to 19 year olds.

  • Certain military duties (e.g., paratrooper) increase the risk of sustaining a TBI.

What are the costs of TBI?

Direct medical costs and indirect costs such as lost productivity of TBI totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000.  The CDC estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a TBI.  If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, you can find a lawyer service in Phoenix that specializes in your case and that can help you with the debilitating emotional and financial burdens associated with TBI.