As the technology to measure the impact of brain injuries has become more sophisticated in recent decades, the medical and scientific communities have discovered that the ailment is more dangerous and widespread than previously thought. In fact, the statistics might alarm you:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries are the number one cause of disability and death in children and adults aged one to 44.
- Around 52,000 people die each year from traumatic brain injuries.
- More than 5.3 million Americans are currently living with a brain injury-related disability.
- Head injuries can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 2.3 to 4.5 times.
- Men are twice as likely to experience a TBI than women.
At first blush, TBI might sound like something that happens to “other people,” but you could be experiencing the effects of brain trauma without even realizing it. In fact, most brain injuries are caused by simple things or relatively common incidents like falls, bumps and auto accidents. Still, injuries stemming from the most mundane event can affect your memory and cognition over the long term without you even being fully aware of it, and can leave you potentially disabled.
Given the prevalence of this type of injury, it is incredible that insurance companies often try to deny claims or use frustrating tactics to avoid paying for medical expenses. An attorney may be able to take a look at your case and help you fight for compensation. For more information, please visit our brain injury page.