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Traumatic Brain Injuries Are on the Rise

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are on the upswing in the U.S. and the news is as alarming as it is troublesome. As the cause for nearly one in every three injury-related deaths (30 percent), more than 150 people die each day because of TBI-related injuries. And, while death does not always occur, the devastating effects of a mild, moderate, or severe TBI can last a lifetime.

If either you or a loved one has suffered from a mild, moderate, or severe TBI through no fault of your own, then you deserve to be compensated for your physical, emotional, and financial distress. The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can offer skilled guidance and counsel as you navigate this challenging situation. Our Houston traumatic brain injury lawyers will support you with unwavering dedication because we put our clients first.

Call us at (281) 283-8500 to learn how we can help.

What is a TBI?

A TBI is the result of a blow or bump to the head that affects the brain’s normal function. In some instances, a TBI may be mild and cause just a brief change in consciousness, e.g., a mild concussion, but a severe TBI can lead to unconsciousness and even memory loss over an extended period of time.

The most common cause of a TBI are falls, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accounted for nearly one in every two (47 percent) TBI emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths in the U.S. in 2013. Older adults are particularly susceptible to falls, and in 2013 they were the leading cause of death for individuals over age 65. Being struck either by or against an object was the second most prevalent cause of TBIs that year followed by car accidents.

The Unfortunate Rise in TBIs

According to the CDC, the total combined rates for TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths increased from 2001 to 2010 despite dipping a bit in 2006 and 2007. In fact, this division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports the number of TBI-related emergency department visits surged 47 percent over the six-year span from 2007 to 2013. While these visits may have helped reduce the number of necessary hospitalizations and TBI-related death rates – these dropped 2.5 percent and 5 percent, respectively, over this period – just under 3 million TBI-related emergency departments visits, hospitalizations, and deaths still occurred in 2013. Moreover, young people are among the growing number of TBI patients: almost 330,000 children age 19 and younger suffered a TBI due to sports-related injuries and recreational accidents in 2012. In fact, the rate of TBI-related emergency department visits for young people in this age group more than doubled from 2001 to 2012.

Houston Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers

Experienced traumatic brain injury lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. understand the way a TBI can affect the quality of life as well as the unfortunate toll it can take on you and your family. Although you might recover, the process could be long and difficult, and the fact is that life as you know it may be forever changed. Let us help if either you or a loved has suffered a mild, moderate, or severe TBI because of someone else’s carelessness.

Contact (281) 283-8500 to schedule a free consultation.