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INJURIESThe Causes, Symptoms and
Consequences of TBI
WHAT IS A TRAUMATIC
When a blow or jolt to the head results in
dysfunction or damage to the brain, it is called a
traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
can be mild to severe. Concussions, for example,
are considered mild TBIs. Severe TBIs can cause
permanent brain damage and mental impairment.
FAST FACTS ABOUT TBI
On average, over 150 people are killed from injuries that
Around 1.7 million people suffer TBIs in the United States
TBI contributes to around one-third of all injury deaths.
Every year, TBI leads to over 2 million emergency
280,000 hospitalizations and 50,000 deaths.
VEHICLE ACCIDENTS AND
Traumatic brain injuries are a common injury in
serious vehicle accidents. Vehicle crashes are the
third overall leading cause of TBI-related ED visits,
hospitalizations and deaths in the United States.
Crashes were the leading cause of TBI-related death
for people ages 5 to 24.
Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain
injuries, accounting for nearly half of TBI-
related emergency department visits,
hospitalizations and deaths. Fall-related TBIs
are more likely to occur among people ages 0
to 14 and people ages 65 and over.
TBI AND THE WORKPLACE
Brain injuries are a major concern in the workplace,
especially in industries where workers do their job from
great heights or with heavy equipment. Researchers at
NIOSH found that TBI accounted for 22% of all occupational
injury deaths and 46% of fatal falls. The leading causes of
occupational TBI were vehicle crashes, falls, assaults and
violent acts, and contact with objects/equipment.
SYMPTOMS OF TBI
LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF
TBI INCREASES RISK OF
OTHER ILLNESSES AND
INJURIESSomeone who has suffered a TBI is:
50 times more likely to die from seizures
11 times more likely to die from unintentional food poisoning
9 times more likely to die from infections
6 times more likely to die from pneumonia.
TBI victims are also at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease,
Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders.
LEGAL OPTIONS FOR TBI
If you have suffered a brain injury because of someone
else’s negligence, you can take legal action to recover
compensation for the costs associated with your injury.
A personal injury claim affords an injured person the
opportunity to get compensation for medical bills and
other medical-related expenses, lost income, lost work
capacity, pain, suffering and any other related costs.
CONTACT STEVEN H. HEISLER
TO LEARN MORE...
The Baltimore injury attorney Steven H. Heisler has
years of experience handling personal injury claims
in Maryland. If you’ve been injured and want to
consider your legal options, contact Steven H.
Heisler today by calling (410) 625-4878 or filling
out our online contact form to schedule a free