7 Ways to Reduce the Risk of a Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury can have devastating consequences for the victim and their family. Learn what the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries are and how you can avoid them.
A traumatic brain injury or TBI is an injury to the brain or skill caused by external force or impact. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year with approximately 1,365,000 patients seeking medical treatment. There are approximately 275,000 hospitalizations and 52,000 deaths linked to TBI each year.
Traumatic brain injury contributes to approximately 30.5% of all injury-related deaths in the U.S., with the fatality rate highest among individuals aged 75 or older. According to the CDC, children aged birth to four, teenagers aged 15 to 19 and adults over the age 65 are most likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury.
The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries are:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle or motorcycle accidents
- Sports-related injuries
- Injuries stemming from intentional and accidental acts of violence
A traumatic brain injury can occur in any of these scenarios but it is possible to reduce your risk by enforcing a few simple safety rules. The following seven tips can help you protect yourself and your loved ones from the potentially devastating consequences of a traumatic brain injury.
- Wear your seat belt at all times and require your passengers to do the same.
- If you have young children, make sure they are riding in an approved car seat or booster seat. Effective January 1, 2012, the state of California requires all children who are under the age of 8 to ride in a booster or car seat unless they are 4’9″ in height or taller.
- Avoid driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or riding with someone who is.
- Wear an approved safety helmet and require your children to do so when engaging in athletic activities, including bicycling, skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, horseback riding, playing baseball or softball or participating in contact sports.
- Avoid falls in the home by installing handrails on steps and stairways if there are none; removing tripping hazards, such as electrical cords or rugs; using a stepladder to reach objects on high shelves; installing baby gates at the top and bottom of stairways to prevent injuries to children; and using non-slip mats in the shower or bathtub.
- Install shock-absorbent material under and around your child’s outdoor play areas, such as mulch or wood chips, to prevent injuries in case of a fall.
- Secure all firearms in a safe and locked location, with ammunition stored separately to prevent an injury caused by an accidental discharge.
The Centers for Disease Control urges anyone who believes they may have suffered a serious head or brain injury to seek medical treatment immediately. If left untreated, a traumatic brain injury can result in permanent disability, impairment or even death.
If you or a loved suffered a debilitating brain injury that you believe was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. An experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Fresno or a personal injury lawyer at one of our other locations can help you protect your right to compensation.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP represents brain injury victims and their families throughout California. For more information on filing an injury claim, call 1-800-718-4658.