As this blog discussed in a recent post, it is often difficult for people to recover from traumatic brain injuries. Not only are the treatment options limited, but social services and other programs in Tennessee often can only provide limited amounts of help. For these reasons, it is important for people to understand exactly how traumatic brain injuries occur so that they can be avoided at all costs.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBIs are a huge problem in the United States. In one year -- 2010 -- more than 2.5 million people visited the hospital with TBI related injuries. More than 50,000 of these people died as a result of those injuries. Over the last decade, TBIs have increased by 70 percent. In these cases, the very young and the very old were more susceptible to TBI related injuries.
The CDC claims that the causes of TBIs are varied. Between 2006 and 2010, the leading cause of TBIs were falls, which accounted for 40 percent of all TBIs. The second leading cause was being struck by an object. The third cause -- or 14.3 percent of all TBIs -- was motor vehicle accidents. However, when only looking at fatal TBI cases, motor vehicle accidents were the second leading cause -- causing 26 percent of all TBI related deaths. Assaults were also responsible for many TBI related injuries.
When the negligence of another plays a role in causing a TBI, Tennessee residents need to know their legal options. If, for example, a negligent driver causes a car accident that leads to a brain injury, then that driver can be held legally responsible for the damages. An attorney can help those living affected by TBIs to understand all their available rights and options.