Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the United States. Each year an estimated 1.5 million Americans sustain a TBI. As a consequence of these injuries:
As the cumulative result of past traumatic brain injuries, an estimated 5.3 million men, women, and children are living with a permanent TBI-related disability in the United States today.
While the risk of having a TBI is substantial among all age groups, this risk is highest among adolescents, young adults, and persons older than 75 years. The risk of TBI among males is twice the risk among females. The major causes of TBI are:
1. Motor vehicle crashes–the leading cause of TBI resulting in hospitalization.
2. Violence, especially suicidal behavior and assaults that involve firearms–the leading cause of TBI-related death.
3. Falls–the leading cause of TBI among the elderly.
These injuries have both short-term and long-term effects on individuals, their families, and society and their financial cost is enormous. According to one study, the annual economic burden in the United States was approximately $37.8 billion in 1985.
For the estimated 5.3 million Americans who live with a TBI-related disability, the financial cost is only part of the burden. The long-term impairments and disabilities associated with TBI are grave and the full human cost is incalculable. Yet because these disabilities are not readily apparent to the public–unlike a broken leg, for example–TBI is referred to as the invisible epidemic. These disabilities, arising from cognitive, emotional, sensory, and motor impairments, often permanently alter a person’s vocational aspirations and have profound effects on social and family relationships.
Hiring a brain injury attorney the Columbia area can be a tough decision. Brain injuries cases can be especially challenging to litigate. You need an experienced brain injury lawyer on your side that is going to fight for a better quality of life for the victim and their family. Lee Injury Law has demonstrated an ability to help plaintiffs in brain injury and brain damage cases.
If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury, give us a call today at (803) 500-000 to see if we can help.