How Many People Suffer From Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Since some people don’t seek medical treatment following a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it is difficult to determine an exact number of how many people currently suffer from this debilitating condition. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 2.5 million emergency room visits in which U.S. doctors diagnosed TBIs in 2013 alone, the most recent year for which data is available.
Given these numbers, it likely comes as no surprise that many experts estimate that several million people in the U.S. currently live with TBIs, and the disabilities that come along with them.
Even more alarming is the fact that 153 people die in the United States every single day from injuries that include traumatic brain injuries (TBI) — meaning TBIs contribute to the deaths of more than 50,000 people each year in the U.S. In fact, TBIs play a part in roughly 30 percent of all injury deaths, according to the CDC.
Who Is Most At Risk?
As reported by the Mayo Clinic, the following groups are most at risk for suffering a TBI:
- Men: Regardless of the age group, men are more likely than women to suffer TBIs.
- Children: Very young children, particularly infants to 4-year-olds, have a high rate of TBIs.
- Young adults: Those individuals who are between the ages of 15 and 24 are also at higher risk of TBIs.
- Older adults: Anyone over the age of 60 is also at risk.
Help Is Available For TBI Victims In New York
For those who have suffered TBIs due to the negligent or careless actions of another — whether in a car crash or any other serious accident — it is important to remember that legal options may be available.
To schedule a consultation with one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at Edelman & Edelman, P.C., please call our New York office at 212-235-1197. You can also reach us online. We offer free initial consultations, so contact us today and speak with one of our lawyers.