Accidents that result in traumatic brain injuries often have a devastating impact on the lives of not only the victims, but also their family members. A brain injury can prevent an individual from working or ever returning to work and has the potential to completely change an individual’s personality and behavior. In cases where the injuries have been severe, patients are even unable to perform activities that are taken for granted such as walking, taking, eating, dressing or bathing. When a brain injury is caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, victims can seek compensation for their damages and losses from the at-fault parties.
Brain Injury Statistics
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury annually. In fact, a brain injury is a contributing factor in one-third or 30.5 percent of all injury-related fatalities in the United States. Each year, 473,947 emergency department visits for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are made for children aged 0 to 14 years. Also, adults aged 75 years and older have the highest rates of brain injury-related hospitalization and death. In the year 2000, the CDC estimated that direct medical costs and indirect costs such as loss of productivity caused by brain injuries added up to more than $76.5 billion in the United States.
Causes of Brain Injuries
The CDC reports that the leading causes of brain injuries are: falls (35.2 percent); auto accidents (17.3 percent); struck-by events (16.5 percent); and assaults (10 percent). Falls cause more than half of the brain injuries among children between the ages of 0 and 14 and 61 percent of brain injuries suffered by adults 65 years and older. Among all age groups, auto accidents were the second leading cause of brain injuries, which resulted in the largest percentage of brain injury-related deaths (31.8 percent).
Compensation for Brain Injury Victims
Brain injury victims can seek compensation from negligent parties for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, long-term care, past and future suffering, etc. Brain injury victims often have to undergo extensive rehabilitation including physical, occupational and speech therapy. These costs can add up very quickly. It is crucial that catastrophically injured victims such as those who have suffered brain injuries due to someone else’s negligence contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for help and guidance.
If you or a loved one has suffered permanent injuries as the result of negligence by another person or entity, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Our skilled injury lawyers have a proven track record of helping victims get fair compensation for their losses. Please contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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