Few injuries are as as permanently life-altering as a traumatic brain injury. It’s estimated that 1.7 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury, according to brainline.org, a website dedicated to the treatment and prevention of traumatic brain injuries.
Of those people, about 52,000 die; 275,000 are hospitalized and 1.365 million are treated and released from an emergency room, the group says. An unknown number of people may not seek any care.
The truth is, many people never completely recover from a traumatic brain injury. Some live the rest of their lives in skilled nursing facilities.
According to brainline, the second-leading cause of traumatic brain injuries are automobile crashes, behind falls. People also can get traumatic brain injuries by being stuck by an object or if they are assaulted.
Any kind of brain injury is likely eligible for a personal injury lawsuit. The medical costs alone are staggering: Direct medical costs and subsequent costs, such as lost productivity, totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000, Brainline reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a traumatic brain injury. According to one study, about 40 percent of traumatic brain injury patients had at least one unmet need a year after they were injured. They needed help improving memory and problem solving, managing stress and emotional upsets and controlling their temper, among other things.
A traumatic brain injury also can contribute to a wide range of functional challenges that are often permanent. Thinking, learning, language, speaking, emotions, behavior, sensation are only a handful of the possible effects. A traumatic brain injury also can lead to epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other mind disorders that set in and worsen with age. That means ongoing, long-term medical care is a certainty.
The statistics are eye-opening. They back up the right for compensation in the event of a traumatic brain injury.
If you or a family member have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation. At The Fighting for People Injury Law Group of PollackSteinberg LLP, our experienced Pennsylvania and New Jersey personal injury attorneys will review your claims for free and help you hold negligent drivers and companies responsible for their actions.
To schedule your free, no-risk consultation, contact our office today by calling 800-549-4LAW (4529).