This past month, March of 2013, has been Brain Injury Awareness Month. Unfortunately, within this past month roughly 140,000 people in the United States will have suffered some degree of traumatic brain injury (TBI). These injuries have ranged from mild concussions to comas and death.
The Brain Injury Association of America issues a TBI fact sheet titled “Anytime, Anywhere, Anyone – Brain Injuries Do Not Discriminate” to remind people that anyone can sustain a brain injury at any time.
A traumatic brain injury is defined as a blow, jolt or bump to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. It is estimated that 1.7 million people sustain a TBI each year in the United States – including 475,000 children. It is further estimated that 3.1 million individuals suffer a life-long disability as a result of traumatic brain injury. It is a contributing factor in a third of all injury-related deaths that occur in the United States each year.
Although concussions and brain injuries have received a considerable amount of press lately due to the attention paid to TBI by professional sports such as the NFL, NHL and boxing, sports are not the primary cause of this injury. Thirty five percent are caused by falls, seventeen percent by car crashes, sixteen percent by workplace accidents and ten percent by assaults, with twenty one percent listed as “other.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate the direct and indirect cost of these injuries to total over $76 billion dollars each year.
If you or a loved one has suffered TBI due to a workplace accident or the negligence of another, please contact our office for a free consultation regarding your legal rights.