The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) as one of the leading causes of disability and death. The federal agency’s 2014 data shows that as many as 155 individuals died from TBI-related complications each day that year. It also shows that the number of patients who went into the emergency room (ER) between 2006 and 2014 with TBI-related symptoms increased by nearly 53%. There are various ways in which these TBIs occur.
CDC data from 2014 shows that falls were the leading cause of TBIs that year. Their research shows that nearly half of patients who went to the ER that year with TBI symptoms did so after suffering a fall. Juveniles and elderly individuals were most often involved in these incidents. Virtually half the patients seen in the ER were kids ages 0 to 17. At least 81% of the elderly patients who came to the hospital with TBI-related symptoms had a fall before doing so.
Those same statistics point to “struck-by or against” incidents as the second most common reason for patients reporting TBI-related symptoms at ERs. The CDC’s data shows that these factors accounted for 17% of such visits in 2014. Children ages 0 through 17 were most likely to end up in the ER after suffering these kinds of TBIs that year at 28%.
While emergency room physicians could release many TBI patients to go home and recover after their ER visits, some weren’t so lucky. The CDC’s data shows that 52% of individuals who suffered a TBI during a fall ended up remaining in the hospital. At least 20% of those patients who received a TBI in an auto accident also remained hospitalized following their injury.
Many employers train their workers in different safety measures to avoid them from getting injured or hurting others. There are often disclosures you have to sign warning of the dangers in engaging in certain activities, so you know what can happen. Most jurisdictions require motorists to wear seatbelts and take other precautions to avoid a brain injury in a car crash. These measures don’t prevent all types of incidents, however.
A personal injury attorney can advise you whether Maryland law allows you to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses you’re sure to have if someone’s negligence here in Prince George’s County left you with a TBI.