Suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in serious or even permanent damage. In 2019, there were about 61,000 TBI-related deaths in the United States – that is about 166 TBU-related deaths every day. However, that isn’t the only shocking fact about traumatic brain injuries. Our San Francisco brain injury attorneys list some more below.
TBI Affects Some Groups of People More Than Others
Many people don’t know that traumatic brain injuries can have even more severe side effects on certain groups of individuals.
Examples of groups of people who are more likely to be affected by a TBI according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) include:
- Racial and ethnic minorities
- Service members and veterans
- People who experience homelessness
- People who are in correctional and detention facilities
- Survivors of intimate partner violence
- People living in rural areas
There Are Four Accidents that Most Commonly Leads to TBIs
Research shows that people most commonly get traumatic brain injuries from a fall, firearm-related injury, and assault.
- Statistics show that falls lead to nearly 50 percent of TBI-related hospitalizations
- Firearm-related suicide is the most common cause of TBI-related deaths in the U.S.
- Motor vehicle crashes and assaults are other common ways people suffer a TBI
TBIs Can Easily Be Missed in Older Adults
Older adults are more likely to be hospitalized and die from a traumatic brain injury compared to other age groups. In fact, studies show that TBIs are often missed or misdiagnosed in older adults because symptoms of TBI overlap with other medical conditions that are more common among elder adults.
TBI May Lead to Short or Long Health Problems
Depending on the severity of the injury, those with a TBI can have symptoms that last a few days or the rest of their life. People who suffer a mild traumatic brain injury may recover in a few days or weeks, compared to people who suffer a moderate to severe TBI. Moderate and severe TBIs can have long-term or permanent effects.
If you were injured in an accident and suffered a TBI, contact our California traumatic brain injury attorneys today at 415-688-2176 to schedule a consultation!