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How common is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, it is estimated that around 1.4 million people receive traumatic brain injuries every year. In regards to children under 14 years of age, traumatic brain injuries are the cause of 435,000 trips to the emergency room, 37,000 hospitalizations, and close to 2,700 deaths every year.
If you have experienced a traumatic brain injury as a result of a South Carolina accident, visit our traumatic brain injury information library for resources and articles. If you would like to speak with a personal injury attorney about your accident claim, call us at 843.277.6061 to set up a free consultation appointment.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
A TBI is an injury to the brain that is caused by a bump, blow, jolt, or penetrating injury to the head that disrupts the brain's normal function. Not all bumps, blows, or jolts to the head result in a TBI, but if the bump, blow, or jolt is severe enough, a TBI can result. TBIs range in severity from "mild," e.g. a concussion, to "severe," which can result in periods of unconsciousness, amnesia, and even death.
How common is a TBI?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1.7 million people suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) annually. TBI accounts for almost a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
What are the symptoms of a TBI?
People who suffer "mild" TBIs, like concussions, may show signs of loss of consciousness for less than 30 seconds, seems confused or stunned, moves clumsily, can't remember what happened prior to injury, etc.
People who suffer a "severe" TBI may show signs of prolonged loss of consciousness, physical disabilities, difficulties with thinking, personality changes, in addition to symptoms of "mild" TBIs.
What are the most common causes of TBI?
Traumatic brain injuries can occur with or without penetration to the skull. The leading causes of TBI are falls, motor vehicle accidents, being struck by something, and assaults. TBIs can also be caused by breathing in chemicals, lack of oxygen, tumors, infections, and strokes. Children and the elderly are the most susceptible to experiencing a TBI, which is most often caused by a slip or fall for these age groups. If you or someone you know has experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury, it is important to contact a South Carolina personal injury attorney today at 888-690-0211.