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The prevalence of traumatic brain injury in the U.S.

Many people in Florida are hit in the head every year. Not all of these injuries result in serious medical issues, but many instances of brain damage do have serious consequences. These injuries can occur from falling into something or falling onto the ground, a car or boating accident, getting punched, getting struck by another object and from many other sources such as sports injuries.

As mentioned above some of these injuries are more serious than others; the more serious ones can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These types of injuries can affect many areas of a person's life and tend to affect them for a long period of time. Studies show that unfortunately many people in the U.S. suffer these types of injuries every year.

An estimated 1.7 million people suffer a TBI each year. Out of these, 52,000 people die and 275,000 are hospitalized. The studies also show that men are 1.5 times more likely to suffer a TBI than women and that children up to four years old and young adults between the ages of 15 and 19 are the most likely age groups to suffer a TBI. Falls and car accidents also account for over 50 percent of the total TBIs in the U.S. each year.

Approximately 40 percent of the people who are hospitalized for a TBI continue to have medical needs after one year post-injury. As TBI creates long-term problems, it also can cost a lot of money. In 2000, it was estimated that the costs attributed to TBI in the U.S. was $60 billion. So, in addition to being debilitating for a person, these types of injuries are also very expensive.

TBI is caused by a number of different situations, but many are caused by the negligence of another person or business. In these cases the victim may be entitled to compensation for the financial loss associated with the injury such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and lost wages. Experienced brain injury attorneys understand the major impact these injuries have on a person's life and may be able to ensure a person receives the proper compensation.

Source: brainline.org, "Facts about traumatic brain injury", accessed Feb. 9, 2015

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