Kenneth Goldblatt | October 20, 2018 | Personal Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) contributes to approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths in the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C DC). Nearly 140 people each day die from injuries that involve a TBI. Survivors of a traumatic brain injury often face functional or cognitive challenges may months or years after the injury. The CDC reports that the “effects of TBI can include impaired thinking or memory, movement, sensation (e.g., vision or hearing), or emotional functioning (e.g., personality changes, depression). These issues not only affect individuals but can have lasting effects on families and communities.” Goldblatt & Associates in New York is here to support and protect families from such events, and educate clients of traumatic brain injury causes in areas such as NYC, Westchester County, Putnam County, Dutchess County, Suffolk County, Nassau County, Sullivan County.
Traumatic Brain Injury Causes
The CDD lists the leading causes of traumatic brain injury as:
- Falls (40.5%)
- Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (14.3%)
- Blunt trauma (15.5%)
- Assaults (10.7%)
- Unknown/other (19%)
TBI injury age groups
From 2006–2010, falls were the leading cause of TBI, accounting for 40% of all TBIs in the United States that resulted in an ED visit, hospitalization, or death according to the CDC. Falls disproportionately affect the youngest and oldest age groups:
- More than half (55%) of TBIs among children 0 to 14 years were caused by falls.
- More than two-thirds (81%) of TBIs in adults aged 65 and older are caused by falls.
- Unintentional blunt trauma (e.g., being hit by an object) was the second leading cause of TBI, accounting for about 15% of TBIs in the United States for 2006–2010.
- Close to a quarter (24%) of all TBIs in children less than 15 years of age were related to blunt trauma.
- Among all age groups, motor vehicle crashes were the third overall leading cause of TBI (14%). When looking at just TBI-related deaths, motor vehicle crashes were the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths (26%) for 2006–2010.
- About 10% of all TBIs are due to assaults. They accounted for 3% of TBIs in children less than 15 years of age and 1.4% of TBIs in adults 65 years and older for 2006–2010. About 75% of all assaults associated with TBI occur in persons 15 to 44 years of age.
Risk Factors for TBI
The Centers for Disease Control reports that the leading cause of TBI-related death varied by age, and that among TBI-related deaths in 2006–2010.
- Men were nearly three times as likely to die as women.
- Rates of injury were highest for persons 65 years and older.
- Falls were the leading cause of death for persons 65 years or older.
- Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause for children and young adults ages 5-24 years.
- Assaults were the leading cause for children ages 0-4.
Brain Injury Lawyers NYC
The law group of Goldblatt & Associates, P.C. represent the legal interests of those individuals who have sustained traumatic orthopedic and brain injuries due to the negligence of others. In representing our clients in NYC, the firm oversees and handles all aspects of insurance issues ranging from ensuring client’s medical bills are paid and assisting client’s in getting reimbursed for out of pocket expenses, including lost wages. We also pursue claims to compensate clients for injuries sustained that have impacted, and may continue to impact, their abilities to perform activities of daily living.