Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are devastating head traumas that can lead to long-term—or even permanent—physical, cognitive, behavioral, and communication deficits. Sadly, TBIs are far more common than most people realize, and they can change the lives of victims and their families forever.
If you or someone you love sustained a TBI in a California car accident caused by another person or company's negligence, it's important to understand your legal rights and options, as you may be entitled to compensation. Read on to learn more about TBIs and how an experienced attorney can help you pursue the fair financial recovery you deserve.
TBIs are shockingly common and, while anyone can suffer a TBI, research shows that some demographics are more at risk than others. Consider these grim statistics:
- Nearly 2 million cases of TBIs occur in the United States each year.
- There are roughly 235,000 hospitalizations for TBIs every year—more than 20 times the number of hospitalizations for spinal cord injuries.
- Head injury-related deaths account for more than a third (34 percent) of all traumatic deaths.
- TBIs have a mortality rate of 30 per 100,000.
- TBIs cause an estimated 50,000 deaths in the United States each year.
- Half of all TBI-related deaths occur within two hours of the injury.
- Men are more likely to sustain a TBI than women.
- Men account for nearly 80 percent of all reported TBI accidents.
- Each year, TBIs cause an estimated 435,000 emergency room visits, 37,000 hospitalizations, and 2,700 deaths among children age 14 and younger.
- Seniors age 60 and older are most likely to die from a TBI.
Common TBI Causes
TBIs are caused by a violent blow or jolt—or a penetrating injury—that disrupts the brain's normal functions. Car accidents are a leading cause of TBIs. Research suggests that between 50 and 70 percent of reported TBIs are sustained in motor vehicle accidents. Other common causes of TBIs include falls, sports, and recreational activities.
Living With a TBI
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 5.3 million people in the United States are living with a disability caused by a TBI—and between 80,000 and 90,000 people experience the onset of a long-term or permanent TBI-related disability each year. These disabilities can make it difficult for victims to hold a job, maintain appropriate personal and professional relationships, or even care for themselves, which can dramatically impact both their quality of life and financial well-being.
Estimates place the annual direct and indirect costs associated with TBIs between $48 billion and $56 billion. TBI victims can face astronomical lifetime costs ranging from approximately $85,000 for a mild concussion to more than $3 million for a severe TBI. The cost of in-facility rehabilitative care for a TBI averages at $1,000 per day—with most stays lasting for nearly two months.
Potential Compensation for Car Crash TBI Victims
When a TBI is sustained in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, the victim can seek compensation for injuries and other losses. Available damages may include compensation for:
- Medical expenses. Ambulance services, emergency department care, doctors visits, specialist appointments, hospitalizations, surgeries, prescription drugs, reasonable and necessary home or vehicle modifications, and more.
- Lost income. Wages lost while out of work recovering from injuries, difference in pay if the injuries necessitate taking a lower-paying job, or income that would have likely been earned had the injury not occurred.
- Pain and suffering. Physical pain and suffering, mental and emotional distress, scarring or disfigurement, loss of companionship, and more.
Consult an Experienced California Personal Injury Attorney About Your Car Accident TBI Case
A TBI diagnosis can change your life—and not in a positive way. At the Inland Empire Law Group, we understand the catastrophic effect this type of car accident injury can have on you and your family. We've helped numerous clients in similar situations obtain the compensation they deserve. Contact us today at (888) 694-3529 or (909) 481-0100 to discuss your case and find out how we can help you. The consulation is free. You can also submit your information in our convenient web form or our online chat form. We will promptly respond to your inquiry.