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Shocking facts about traumatic brain injuries in this country

Around 5.3 million people in this country live with the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). These impacts can range from minor to life-altering. In the most serious cases, a person who was previously independent might be fully dependent upon others for his or her care after the injury occurs.

This shocking number doesn't include the deaths that occur due to them. If you look at only children who are 14 years old and younger, there are around 2,685 deaths per year due to this injury. Overall, there are around 50,000 deaths per year. Around half of the people who die due to a TBI succumb to it within the first two hours.

The cost associated with a TBI are astronomical. As a whole, this country spends between $48 billion and $56 billion per year for indirect and direct costs of brain injuries.

Brain injuries stem from a host of causes. The most common is motor vehicle accidents, which account for around 50 to 70 percent. Recreational activities and sports are responsible for around 21 percent of TBIs.

Males have a higher risk of suffering from this than females. Males represent 78.8 percent of all cases, while females account for 21.2 percent.

When a TBI occurs due to the negligence of someone else, the victim might decide to seek compensation. This might help to defray some of the expenses that come with this type of injury. It is imperative to take action quickly since there are time limits, known as the statute of limitations, that apply to these cases.

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