Brain injuries are far more common than many people realize. Also called traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), this type of injury can be life-altering and may result in long-term or permanent medical problems. Below, we’ve put together a list of brain injury facts and statistics to give you a better idea of how many people are affected by brain injury in this country, what the most common causes of brain injury are, and more.
Did you know…?
- Traumatic brain injury rates are higher for males than females.
- Young adults and the elderly have the highest risk of suffering a brain injury.
- Once you sustain any kind of brain injury, your chances of sustaining another one increases.
- Brain injuries can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe, but all injuries to the brain are serious and should be treated as such.
- Not all brain injuries cause a loss of consciousness – in fact, most don’t, and as a result, many people with brain injuries don’t realize they have one until much later down the road when they begin to have problems with something that used to be easy task or social situation.
- The leading cause of brain injury in the United States is falls. Among children aged 0-14, falls account for 50% of all brain injuries. Other common causes include motor vehicle accidents and assaults.
- The recovery time for head injuries is much higher for kids and teens than it is for adults. Approximately three-fourths of all head injuries are concussions or mild TBIs.
- Approximately 1.7 million people suffer a brain injury every year in the U.S. 52,000 people die and 85,000 suffer long-term disabilities.
- Almost 50% of people hospitalized for a brain injury have a related disability one year later.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury because of another person’s negligence, contact BD&J today to consult a Los Angeles personal injury attorney on your rights and legal options. Request your free case review when you call (855) 906-3699.