The Frequency of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Over the years, Scarlett Law Group has represented countless individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries of varying severity. Unfortunately, the frequency of these kinds of injuries is increasing over time. According to data reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the combined rate for traumatic brain injury-related deaths and hospital visits has increased significantly over the course of the last 10 years. In 2010, the total combined rate rose to 823.7 per 100,000—in sharp contrast to 595.1 per 100,000 in 2006.

The CDC also reports the following:

  • 2.4 million traumatic brain injuries occurred as an isolated injury or with another injury
  • Someone will sustain a brain injury every 15 seconds
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) account for more than 50,000 deaths annually
  • Falls are the leading cause for traumatic brain injuries
  • Traffic accidents are the leading cause for traumatic brain injury-related fatalities

Epidemiological Studies in the U.S.

The failure to properly diagnose and even define brain injury compromised the accuracy of early studies, whose goal was to track the frequency of traumatic brain injury in the United States of America. These studies are commonly referred to as “epidemiological studies”.

For example, many of the early studies (1935-1981) required one or more of the following criterion for inclusion: (i) loss of consciousness, (ii) hospital admission, and/or (iii) positive neuro-radiological findings. Moreover, these earlier studies sporadically did not include cases in which the patient actually died before reaching the hospital.

Modern studies focusing on the frequency of traumatic brain injury (1981-present) have attempted to resolve inaccurate definitional difficulties and have looked beyond hospital discharge coding problems. These studies tend to be much more accurate and demonstrate an alarming frequency rate of traumatic brain injury.

Based on the modern studies, it is likely that the annual incidents of new head injuries treated in hospitals in this country is 400 per 100,000 patients treated. Accordingly, more than 1,000,000 new head injuries are treated in hospitals each year. Even these studies, however, ignore the numerous cases of “mild” traumatic brain injury in which the patient is never hospitalized.

San Francisco Catastrophic Injury Lawyers, Holding Negligent Individuals Accountable

When it comes to assisting individuals with traumatic brain injuries, we carefully review all the details associated with a case in order to create a customized and comprehensive strategy. Should you choose to entrust your case to our dedicated firm, you can feel peace of mind in knowing that your rights will remain protected throughout the development of your case. After all, Attorney Randall H. Scarlett, our leading attorney, has more than 25 years of experience and has an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®. He also has a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating – a perfect score.

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Scarlett Law Group is involved with virtually all aspects of brain injury cases. From representation of injured victims, and their family, to community education and outreach, the Scarlett Law Group is committed to victims of TBI and their families.

If you or someone you know has been injured or suffered traumatic brain injury, you need the assistance of the Scarlett Law Group. Call (415) 688-2176 today to speak with a California Personal Injury Attorney.

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