Reports on concussions in football and other sports have put a spotlight on the challenges of traumatic brain injuries. What sometimes gets lost in this discussion of athletes is that TBIs affect people from all walks of life.
In fact, according to some researchers, TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in young adults and children in the United States, many of whom are injured in car crashes or other accidents. TBI also affects a high number of elderly adults due to falls. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBIs factored into the deaths of more than 50,000 people in the United States in 2010. That year, more than 280,000 people with TBI were hospitalized. Many more sought help in an emergency room.
All this medical care adds up on a national level. By some estimates, TBI injuries cost the American economy $76 billion in medical expenses every year.
On a personal level, as well, the economic toll is massive. Not only do the injured and their families face medical bills, but also the loss of income while the injured person is unable to return to work. Since TBIs can leave people permanently altered, this loss of income can affect victims’ income potential for the rest of their lives.
When a TBI is the result of an accident caused by another party’s negligence, the injured may seek compensation for their damages through a personal injury lawsuit. The damages may be very high, and the legal issues, such as proving fault, can be difficult. It’s important to seek out help from an experienced lawyer for these cases.