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What you should know about traumatic brain injuries

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2022 | Firm News |

Traumatic brain injuries can be devastating for any New York resident affected by them. There are certain leading causes of these injuries, which can be expensive if a person requires lifetime care.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury is a type of injury that affects the brain. A person can suffer a TBI after experiencing a jolt or blow to the head. TBIs might be mild to severe and temporary or permanent.

How does a person sustain a traumatic brain injury?

There are certain things that can cause a TBI. The leading cause of these injuries in older adults and young children is falls, but many victims of car accidents also end up suffering TBIs.

Sports and contact injuries are common factors that can cause a TBI as well. High contact sports like hockey, football, wrestling or boxing can result in blows to the head, which can lead to a head injury such as traumatic brain injury. In some of these types of sports, a person can be hit in the head with an object such as a ball, puck or even a fist.

Acts of violence like assault are another leading cause of TBIs. Violent crimes involving weapons such as guns often result in the victim suffering a serious TBI.

How many people suffer TBIs each year?

Every year, around 2.5 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries. Sadly, many of those injuries result in a person being rendered permanently disabled. In the worst cases, people die from them.

As a whole, the cost of caring for patients suffering TBIs annually comes to around $76.5 billion. On the individual side of things, it can cost a person with a severe TBI around $600,000 to $1.9 million to receive lifelong care.

TBIs can be devastating even when mild. If you or a loved one were injured due to someone else’s negligence or intentional actions, you will want to hold them responsible for the damages.