Over 1.4 million Americans suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year. Although anyone can potentially incur a brain injury in an auto accident or slip-and-fall incident, certain people are more at risk of suffering TBI than others, such as:
- The elderly – People age 75+ are not only more vulnerable to brain injury, but also more likely to trip and fall, which is a common cause of head injury. Certain medications and health conditions also make elderly people more susceptible to TBI.
- Children and infants – Since a child’s brain is still developing, they are at a much higher risk of experiencing serious damage from a head injury.
- Active duty military personnel – Brain injury has become the trademark wound of military personnel coming back from combat zones. Nearly one-third of all soldiers in the Iraq war returned home with TBI.
- Older teenagers – The combination of alcohol, distracted driving, and simple inexperience has made auto accidents the number one cause of brain injury in teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19. Additionally, nearly 20% of all high school athletes suffer TBI each year.
- People with medical conditions or a previous brain injury – If you have a medical condition such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, or a condition that causes fainting, you are a high risk of suffering TBI. Meanwhile, people who have already had a brain injury in the past are at a much higher risk of suffering permanent damage if they are injured again (called “second impact syndrome”).
If you or one of your loved ones has suffered a traumatic brain injury because of another person’s recklessness or negligence, please contact Jim Leach, L.C., today or call 304-865-8530 to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced Morgantown injury lawyers.