Brain Injury Statistics
Brain injuries are a leading cause of death in the United States — just see the brain injury statistics below. Unfortunately, many people with brain injuries experience long-term health conditions and complications. They can cost millions to treat over a lifetime. If someone else caused your brain injury, they should be responsible for your damages — not you.
At Attorney Brian White & Associates, P.C., our Houston brain injury attorneys are ready to help you fight to recover the money you need for your brain injury. Our law firm has recovered millions of dollars for our clients, including head injury victims.
If you have questions about a brain injury or want to discuss your case with a Houston personal injury attorney, contact our law firm to schedule a free consultation.
How Can Our Houston Personal Injury Lawyers Help You With a Brain Injury Claim?
Cases involving brain injuries can be complicated. First, you have the burden of proving that the other party caused your brain injury. Then, you must prove that you sustained damages because of the brain injury.
Proving the extent of your brain injury is crucial. The value of your damages increases with the severity of the brain injury.
When you hire Attorney Brian White & Associates, P.C. to handle your case, you can expect us to:
- Take plenty of time to learn about your brain injury and how the injury has impacted your life
- Investigate the incident or accident that caused your brain injury to gather evidence proving fault
- Document your damages by working with medical experts, rehabilitation specialists, financial professionals, and other expert witnesses
- File insurance claims and monitor deadlines to file lawsuits
- Aggressively negotiate a fair settlement
- Be prepared to fight in court if the other party refuses to act in good faith to settle your claim
We want to provide the support, legal advice, and guidance you need as you continue to recover from a brain injury. Please contact our office to set up a time to speak with one of our Houston personal injury lawyers.
Brain Injury Statistics – How Many People Sustain Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Brain injuries are a serious public health concern. Numerous government agencies and organizations track ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths caused by brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a common type of injury in the United States. According to one source, The annual rate for TBI is about 500 cases for every 100,000 people.
Some groups may be more likely to be affected by traumatic brain injury than others. Young adults and teens 15 to 19 years and adults 65 years and older are most likely to sustain a brain injury. Other people who have a high risk of brain injuries include homeless individuals, victims of intimate partner violence, and military service members.
In 2019, it was estimated that there were 61,000 TBI-related deaths. In a 1999 Report to Congress prepared by several agencies, including the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, researchers found that TBI was the leading cause of disability and death in the United States.
At that time, it was estimated that 1.5 million people sustained a brain injury each year. It was also estimated that 5.3 million people were living with a permanent TBI-related disability in the United States.
Injury prevention and control is the best way to reduce the number of brain injuries each year in the United States.
What are Common Causes of Brain Injuries?
- Sports and recreation accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Violence, including firearms, assaults, domestic violence, etc.
- Pedestrian accidents
- Child abuse (a most common cause for children age three and under)
- Construction accidents
- Being struck by an object (blunt force trauma)
- Blast injuries from explosions
- Natural disasters
- Bicycle accidents
If another party caused your brain injury, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. However, you have the burden of proving that the other party caused your brain injury before you can recover your damages.
The Cost of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Even a mild traumatic brain injury can be costly for the accident victim. Sustaining a brain injury often results in ER visits for immediate diagnosis and treatment. The person may need to return to the emergency room if brain injury symptoms worsen.
The economic costs of a brain injury may include:
- Medical treatment
- Vocational, occupational, physical, emotional, cognitive, and other forms of therapy
- Personal care and nursing care
- Specialized medical equipment
- Loss of wages, benefits, salaries, and other forms of income
- Reduced earning potential and future lost wages
If a person sustains permanent disabilities or impairments, the financial losses could total millions of dollars over a lifetime.
Additionally, a person with a brain injury may experience non-economic damages. These damages include:
- Mental and emotional distress
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Reduced enjoyment of life
- Permanent impairments and disabilities
- Emotional disorders
Fortunately, you can recover compensation for all these damages through a personal injury claim. If you sustained your brain injury at work, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Brain Injury in Texas?
Depending on the circumstances, you may not have to prove negligence after a brain injury in Texas. If an on-the-job accident caused your brain injury, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that provides benefits to injured workers after workplace accidents. Under this system, you are entitled to medical and wage replacement benefits even if you caused your own injury.
If your accident did not happen at work, your only recourse for compensation might be a personal injury claim. You will have to prove that another party caused your injury through negligence to win your claim. Negligence is the failure to act with reasonable care under the circumstances.
Our attorneys will help you locate the evidence you need to prove another party is at-fault for your injuries.
We will gather video footage, witness testimony, medical records, and other proof to support your claim. We will also consult with leading experts to prove your damages.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Houston Brain Injury Lawyers
If you sustained a brain injury, we want to hear from you. Contact our law firm to schedule your free case review with an experienced brain injury attorney in Houston, Texas. We are standing by to take your call.