Traumatic Brain Injuries

An extremely serious public health problem in the United States is Traumatic brain injury (TBI).  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, these injuries contribute to a substantial number of injuries, deaths and cases of permanent disability.  TBI’s are caused by a blow or jolt to the head that upsets the basic functioning of the brain.  Traumatic brain injuries contribute to a third of all injury-related deaths in America.

TBI can result in various long-term effects to thinking, language, emotion and sensation.  It can also potentially cause epilepsy and increase the risk for numerous other brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.  Motor vehicle crashes and traffic related accidents are a leading cause of TBI and result in the largest percentage of TBI-related deaths.

Annually, around 2 million Americans sustain traumatic brain injuries.

Of those 2 million:

Table provided by Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Preventing TBI:

 

  1. Wear a seat belt while riding in or driving a motor vehicle
  2. Buckle children into the car by using a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt
    1. Type of security for children depends on height, weight and age.
  3. Never drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  4. Wear a helmet and make sure children are wearing helmets while:
    1. Riding a bike, motorcycle or other all-terrain vehicle;
    2. Riding a horse or skateboard;
    3. Playing a contact sport; or
    4. Skiing or snowboarding.
  5. Make living areas child-safe by:
    1. Using safety gates near the stairs
    2. Ensuring that shock-absorbing material covers a child’s playground
  6. Make living areas senior-safe by:
    1. Removing items that could be tripped on
    2. Installing handrails and non-slip mats

If you are a loved one is a victim to a motor vehicle accident in which a traumatic brain injury was accrued, contact experienced St. Louis injury lawyer Chris Dixon at 314.409.7060 or toll free at 855.402.7274.

 

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