Traumatic Brain Injuries are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States and impact millions of people every year. Just this past Monday, a 51-year-old man suffered serious head injuries in Nanuet after being struck by a car in a parking lot. Head and brain injuries such as these happen far too frequently.
March is Brain Injury Awareness month and we want to share some important facts about these severe and often life-changing injuries.
There are two types of Traumatic Brain Injury. The first, which is known as an Open Head Injury, occurs when a projectile or piece of bone physically enters the skull or brain. The second type, known as a Closed Head Injury, occurs when a sudden, violent blow causes the brain to knock against the inside of the skull.
The most common causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries include:
• Falls – 40.5%
• Struck by/against – 15.5%
• Motor vehicle accident – 14.3%
• Assaults – 10.7%
• Unknown – 19%
Depending on what type of Traumatic Brain Injury a patient suffers and the level of severity, the consequences of a TBI can be devastating. Brain Injuries often result in permanent disabilities and life-changing physical and mental impairments.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America:
• 5.3 million Americans are living with TBI-related disabilities.
• 2.5 million children and adults sustain a TBI every year.
• 1 out of every 60 Americans lives with a TBI-related disability.
By raising awareness and education about TBIs, we can all help support patients and families dealing with these serious, and debilitating injuries. To learn more about Brain Injuries and Brain Injury Awareness Month, click here.
If you or a loved one suffered a head injury due to an accident that was not your fault, call Fellows Hymowitz Rice at 845-639-9300. When you call, you will speak with an experienced New York Serious Injury attorney absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you, and work to see that justice is served.
If you have questions, we’ll help you find answers.
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