Traumatic Brain Injuries May Be More Common Than Previously Thought
A traumatic brain injury can have devastating and in some cases, fatal consequences for their victims. A new study from the Mayo Clinic suggests that these types of injuries may be becoming more common.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury or TBI each year, or roughly 341 people out of every 100,000. These injuries contribute to approximately 52,000 deaths annually with another 275,000 victims seeking hospitalization. Nearly 80% of all brain injury victims are treated and released. As many as one-third of all accident deaths that occur in the U.S. each year are attributed to a TBI.
A new study published in the journal Epidemiology suggests that the CDC estimates of the occurrence of brain injuries are too low. Specifically, researchers from the Mayo Clinic claim that these types of injuries are approximately 1.6 times more common than previously thought. Researchers evaluated medical records from the Rochester area and found that as many as 558 people out of 100,000 had experienced a possible, probable or definite brain injury.
The researchers used a broader classification scale to define what constitutes a traumatic brain injury, which included a broader range of symptoms than specified by the CDC. The study found that although 60 percent of the subjects did not meet the definitional standard of a traumatic brain injury as established by the CDC, two-thirds of them displayed TBI symptoms.
Researchers also concluded that children, older adults, and males were more likely to suffer a serious brain injury, which supports CDC statistics. According to the CDC, adults over the age of 65, children under the age of four and adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 are at greatest risk of experiencing an injury. Approximately 35% of traumatic brain injuries are caused by falls, twice the amount caused by car accidents.
The researchers hope that the study results will result in a broader classification of what constitutes a traumatic brain injury, increases efforts to prevent these types of injuries and optimize treatment for patients who suffer a TBI. This type of injury can result in a wide range of complications, from a mild concussion to permanent brain damage. Patients who suffer a severe brain injury may become permanently incapacitated and be unable to eat or breathe on their own.
This type of accident can cause not only physical trauma but emotional and financial devastation for the victim’s family. The cost of caring for a brain injury victim and the increased stress can be extremely difficult for many families to deal with.
When a traumatic brain injury occurs as the result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the family may have some recourse in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. Filing a civil claim may allow them to obtain compensation for their loved one’s injuries that can help to cover the cost of future medical care. If a relative or other loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury through no fault of their own, it’s important that you contact a California brain injury lawyer today to discuss your rights.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP specializes in assisting brain injury victims and their families throughout California. We have office locations in cities throughout the state, including Oxnard, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Murrieta, and Riverside. For more information on filing a traumatic brain injury claim, call 1-800-718-4658.