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Traumatic brain injury cases increased between 2007 and 2010

From sports injuries to car accidents, traumatic brain injuries can happen to Texas residents of any age or lifestyle. Following proper safety protocols and wearing the right equipment for the activity at hand is one way to reduce the chance of a TBI, but accidents can still happen.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of individuals seeking treatment for traumatic brain injuries in emergency rooms across the country spiked from 2007 through 2010. Prior to 2007, TBI reports either dropped slightly or increased slightly in the years from 2001 to 2006.

In 2007, around 566 people in every 100,000 were treated for a traumatic brain injury in a hospital or emergency room. By 2010, that rate was 823 in every 100,000.

One good thing to note from TBI statistics over the first decade of this century is that, while injuries seem to have increased, the number of TBI-related deaths has fallen over the years. The peak death rate for TBI cases was in 2005, when 18.6 individuals per 100,000 died from injuries related to a traumatic brain injury. In 2010, the rate dropped to 17.1 in every 100,000.

The drop in deaths related to TBI could have to do with better safety equipment, more awareness of traumatic brain injury or better ability to medically treat TBI. Regardless of the numbers, however, individuals and families that experience TBI can suffer from physical, financial and emotional damages. From loss of wages to loss of enjoyment of life, TBI damages run the gamut. Individuals who suffer from brain injury caused by another’s negligence or actions may be able to seek compensation for damages related to the injury.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Rates of TBI-related Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths — United States, 2001–2010" Oct. 16, 2014

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