Groups at Risk of Traumatic Brain Injuries

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April 25, 2019
Edward Smith

Groups Most at Risk of a TBI

Traumatic brain injuries are a significant cause of not only death but also serious injuries and lifelong complications. Because of this, it is essential to understand which groups are at risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury. Any impact to the head or neck area that changes the way the brain functions, either temporarily or permanently, is considered a traumatic brain injury. While other parts of the body might be able to recover following a severe impact, the brain, typically, cannot. There are many ways in which someone could experience a blow to the head. Some of the most common mechanisms of a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Involvement in a serious car accident, particularly those where someone strikes their head on the door or steering wheel.
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  • Physical assault.
  • A pedestrian who is hit by a motor vehicle.

Regardless of the cause, a TBI should always be taken seriously. Some of the changes that people feel after a head injury could be permanent. A study was published analyzing those groups who are at risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury.

The Design of the Study

A group of researchers published an article in the International League Against Epilepsy. The goal of the research was to identify specific groups of people who are at risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury. To meet this goal, the researchers went through various research databases and reviewed studies on traumatic brain injuries. They reviewed population-based studies that looked at specific groups of people and calculated the frequency of traumatic brain injuries. Some of the categories that they looked at included the age of the individuals, their location, and their socioeconomic status. They combined the studies to determine which groups were more susceptible to traumatic brain injuries than others.

If the researchers can identify who is specifically at risk of suffering a TBI, then measures could be put in place to prevent them from happening. The researchers found multiple studies looking at the frequency of traumatic brain injuries across various population groups. This allowed them to draw some interesting conclusions.

The Results: Groups at Risk of a Traumatic Brain Injury

The researchers used various statistical tools to calculate the frequency of traumatic brain injuries in different groups of people. According to the results:

  • The overall incidence of a TBI in the United States is between 180 and 250 head injuries per 100,000 people per year.
  • This rate is higher in both Europe and Africa.
  • In infants under the age of one year, the rates of death and hospitalization were 155 out of every 100,000 people.
  • In a similar study in toddlers between the ages of 1 and 4, the rate of TBIs was found to be about 104 out of every 100,000.
  • Studies on school-aged children between the ages of 5 and 12 found that the rates of TBI dropped significantly when compared to that of toddlers.
  • Two separate studies on the rates of TBI in teenagers and young adults found that the rate was 280 per 100,000 in the first study and 415 out of 100,000 in the second study.
  • The rates of TBI subsequently dropped again in middle-aged adults.

The results of this study suggest that the groups most at risk of suffering a TBI are toddlers and teenagers. The rate likely jumps in teenagers because they start driving, which is one of the leading causes of a TBI.

Watch YouTube Video: Traumatic Brain Injury in Kids. This educational video discusses the causes and prevention of traumatic brain injury in kids.

Contacting an Injury Attorney

A traumatic brain injury should always be taken seriously. Individuals who have sustained a blow to the head need to seek medical care immediately. If a loved one is hospitalized with a severe head injury, it is normal for a family to have questions. To help answer these questions, it is vital for family members to meet with a TBI Lawyer in San Francisco. Some of the resources that an injury attorney could share include:

  • Access to accident reconstruction professionals who are able to reconstruct what happened at the scene of the collision.
  • Help in pursuing damages that could be related to head injury, its complications, and even emotional trauma.
  • Assistance in speaking with various financial institutions to ensure that all claims are paid out on time.
  • Guidance in taking a case to trial when required.

Most importantly, nobody should ever feel like they need to face this situation alone. Meet with a San Francisco traumatic brain injury attorney today. You could be owed a financial award.

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in San Francisco

I’m Ed Smith, a Bay Area TBI Lawyer. A traumatic brain injury could occur at any time, leading to significant quality of life issues. If one of your family members has suffered a head or brain injury in a major traumatic accident, please contact me at your convenience at (415) 805-7284 or (800) 404-5400 for free, friendly advice.
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