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July 13, 2012

Prevalence of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Due to Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many accidents take place in Los Angeles California. Based on statistics presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there had been 561 traffic fatalities in the area just in 2010.  This opens up a large probability that many who reside in such place had sustained Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI. 

This injury, which is usually suffered by people who were involved in vehicle accidents, is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the result of a bump, blow, or jolt in the head. In addition, it is a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal brain function. 

In this regard, the government should reconsider its programs that aim to curb problems regarding TBI.  Based on recent records of the CDC, it seems that the number of TBI victims is still on the rise. Accordingly, CDC states that every year, around 1.7 million people sustain TBI. The agency added that TBI is a factor for the 30.5 percent of all injury deaths in the country. To top it all, around 75 percent of TBI’s that happen every year are concussions or other mild forms.

Additionally, children are also considered as the most common victims of this kind of injury. About 473, 947 or half million of emergency department cases involved children aged 0-14 years because of TBI.

Medications for this kind of injury are always expensive. Furthermore, most of the patients will suffer from debilitating effects such as withdrawal from the society. Most of the time, this is due to the changes in the way the victim thinks since the brain may be damaged by TBI. 

If the injured party sustains TBI from a road accident caused by the negligence of another motorist, he or she has the right to ask for monetary support. One way to do this is to file a lawsuit and ask for the assistance of personal Injury lawyers. The case would be filed under personal injury and the hired attorney would seek to get damages awards from the liable party.