The 5 Leading Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 2.87 million people throughout the United States visited a medical care facility for symptoms related to traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in 2014 alone. Data also tells us that the number of emergency department visits has increased between 2006 and 2014, as has the number of TBI fatalities.
Because traumatic brain injuries are such a prevalent, dangerous issue, it’s important to know what types of accidents are causing them. Further research by the CDC explains just that.
The leading causes of traumatic brain injury emergency department visits, according to the CDC, are:
- Falls (48%)
- Falls can include a wide variety of injuries, from simple slips on wet floors to significant drops from construction equipment.
- Struck by or against (17%)
- Most struck by or against accidents include blunt injuries caused by fallen, or thrown, objects, but can also include a collision with other objects. For example, a child might be struck with a baseball bat or ball while playing softball, or a pedestrian could be hit by fallen debris from an overhead bridge.
- Traffic incidents (13%)
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck, motorcycle, and bus accidents account for a significant amount of TBIs.
- Assault (8%)
- Assault injuries typically include head injuries resulting from violent attacks, domestic assault, or fights.
Other Factors To Consider
Age and profession can also play a factor in TBI causes, as children and elderly adults are the most common age groups treated for these types of injuries. Hospitalization rates for traumatic brain injuries were highest among adults over the age of 75 and children under the age of 4.
The leading causes of brain injuries also varied by age group. Young children and older adults were most often treated for fall-related traumatic brain injuries, while struck by or against accidents were the most common cause of brain injuries in older children, aged 5-14 years old. Motor vehicle accidents, on the other hand, were the leading cause of traumatic brain injury for teenagers and adults between the ages of 15 and 44.
Whatever causes your brain injury, if it was due to someone else’s mistake or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorney at Richard Schwartz & Associates Injury Lawyer, P.A. has the experience and drive necessary to help you pursue justice and secure maximum compensation after a serious accident. Our team at Richard Schwartz & Associates Injury Lawyer, P.A. is committed to helping the wrongfully injured, and we are passionate about helping traumatic brain injury victims.