National brain injury awareness month kicks off in March 2016. Spearheaded by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), this awareness month is focused on educating the general public about the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the U.S., as well as the special needs of TBI survivors. According to BIAA, the goals of TBI awareness month are to “de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available.”
To support this campaign, below, we have presented some of the most essential facts to know about TBIs, their causes and impacts.
If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI in an auto crash or in any accident involving negligence, you can turn to a Mount Vernon personal injury lawyer at the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. for compassionate support, as well as experienced help pursuing justice and compensation.
TBIs in the U.S.: The Facts
- Traumatic brain injuries, a form of acquired brain injury, are caused by some external force or trauma impacting the head.
- Although TBIs can be caused by any number of accidents or events, the top three causes of these types of brain injuries include falling, being struck by an object, and motor vehicle accidents.
- Every 13 seconds or so, someone in the U.S. suffers a new TBI.
- More than 2.5 million people in the U.S. sustain a new TBI each year.
- Annually, about 2.2 million Americans seek emergency medical care after sustaining a TBI, and roughly 280,000 of these people are hospitalized for further treatment.
- About 1 in every 60 people in the U.S. is currently living with a TBI-related impairment. This translates to at least 5.3 million Americans living with TBI-related disabilities.
- While about 50,000 people in the U.S. develop fatal TBI complications each year, on a daily basis, at least 137 Americans die due to a TBI-related complication.
- The number of people who suffer TBIs in the U.S. and don’t seek any treatment is currently unknown.
Important Information for TBI Survivors
Although the above TBI facts and statistics can be distressing to consider, there is good news for TBI survivors and their families – and that is that they are not alone. While medical professionals can assist them with their physical recovery, an experienced lawyer – like a Mount Vernon personal injury lawyer at the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, PC – can help them with their financial recovery.
In fact, even if you sustained a slight to moderate TBI (as opposed to a severe traumatic brain injury), consulting an attorney can be important, as:
- The full extent of your TBI may be unknown or may have been misdiagnosed (especially considering that assistants or inexperienced medical professionals may be the ones diagnosing TBIs in ERs or urgent care clinics).
- You may have ongoing health complications and treatment needs.
- The representation of a skilled lawyer can be pivotal the success of your injury claim, your recovery, and your future.
Contact a Mount Vernon Personal Injury Lawyer at the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with a TBI that may have been caused by negligence? If so, an experienced Mount Vernon personal injury lawyer at the Law Firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. is ready to stand up for your rights. Since 1950, we have been providing the highest quality legal services to our clients, working relentlessly to help them maximize their financial recoveries and move on with their life.
Contact us by calling (888) 896-9381 or by emailing us using the contact form on this page. We can provide you with a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.