Award Winning Law Firm Fighting for TBI Victims
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries contribute to 30 percent of all injury-related deaths in the United States. This is an astonishing statistic, and one that demonstrates just how dangerous these injuries can be. For those forced to live with the consequences of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), life often changes in ways that they could not have previously imagined.
At the Bottaro Law Firm, we are committed to helping accident victims who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and families who have lost loved ones due to accident-related TBIs fight for just compensation. If someone else is to blame for your injury or loss, you need – you deserve – to have an experienced and impassioned advocate on your side. We are committed to helping victims and their families enforce their legal rights, and we pursue maximum compensation for each of our clients with a passionate attention to detail and relentless will to win.
The Facts on the Frequency, Causes, and Effects of TBI
Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics
Our bodies are fragile, and the brain is no exception. Whether due to blunt force from a fall or collision, or a penetrating injury from a gunshot or flying debris, our brains are exposed to far more dangers than most people realize. While most people are fortunate enough to go through life without ever experiencing a traumatic brain injury, these injuries are still exceedingly common. Consider these statistics from the CDC:
- An estimated 1.7 million to 2.5 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries each year.
- Nearly 80 percent of TBI victims (between 2.2 million and 1.3 million) require emergency medical treatment.
- Of TBI victims who visit the emergency room, roughly 20 percent (275,000 to 280,000) require hospitalization.
- Approximately 50,000 Americans die from traumatic brain injuries every year.
- Roughly 75 percent of all traumatic brain injuries diagnosed in the United States are concussions and other “mild” forms of injury – which can still have serious and life-changing consequences.
While young children (ages zero to four) and the elderly (age 75 and older) are at higher risk, the data clearly show that males and females in all age groups are at risk for TBI.
Most Common Accident-Related Causes of TBI
A traumatic brain injury is any type of brain injury that results from a physical impact on the brain. In most cases, this involves the brain colliding with the skull as the result of an external force that either (i) impacts the head directly, or (ii) causes the head to move violently, shaking the brain within the skull. The following are the three leading causes of traumatic brain injuries, accounting for approximately 70 percent of all TBI:
1. Falls (40.5 Percent of all Traumatic Brain Injuries)
Unexpected falls are by far the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States. This includes falls resulting from slips and trips, as well as falls from heights due to inadequate maintenance and safety precautions. Fall-related brain injuries are especially common among children and the elderly, accounting for more than half of all TBIs among children under age 15 and more than three quarters of TBI among adults over age 64.
2. Blunt Force Trauma (15.5 Percent of all Traumatic Brain Injuries)
The second most-common cause of traumatic brain injuries is blunt force trauma to the head. This includes causes such as:
- Collisions during sports and recreational activities
- Falling objects in stores and office buildings
- Flying debris and falling materials on construction sites
- Other work-related incidents
3. Vehicle Collisions (14.3 Percent of All Traumatic Brain Injuries)
Vehicle collisions are a frequent cause of traumatic brain injuries, and according to some studies are the leading cause of fatal TBI. With the forces involved in an auto accident, it is little wonder why so many victims suffer concussions, diffuse axonal injuries, hematomas, and other life-changing and life-threatening brain injuries.
The Life-Changing Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury
Suffering a traumatic brain injury can be devastating. Even a so-called “minor” brain injury can have effects that last for months or years, making it difficult or impossible to go to work, participate in activities, and enjoy time with friends and family. For those who are never able to make a full recovery, a traumatic brain injury literally changes everything in the blink of an eye.
Then, there are the families who are left to cope with the loss of a loved one resulting from a TBI. No one deserves to die in an accident, and no family deserves to suffer the tragedy of losing a loved one under avoidable circumstances.
Regardless of what happened, we’re here to help. You could have a claim for significant financial compensation, and we want to make sure that you win the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a Free Consultation at the Bottaro Law Firm
To learn more about your rights after you or a loved suffers a traumatic brain injury in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, contact us to schedule a free consultation with attorney Mike Bottaro. Call (401) 777-7777, text Mike at (401) 300-5007 or tell us what happened online and get started on your recovery today.
Traumatic Brain Injury FAQs
Are traumatic brain injuries common?
Statistics regarding the frequency of traumatic brain injuries occurring in the United States annually are sobering. Just as disturbing is the sheer number of ways that traumatic brain injuries can happen. When conceptualizing traumatic brain injuries, it is easy to visualize an NFL quarterback taking a brutal hit and suffering a concussion. And while sports-related traumatic brain injuries are indeed common, there are many other factors that can lead to an individual suffering a traumatic brain injury, commonly referred to as a TBI. Even though not every head bump results in a TBI, any sudden trauma to a person’s head may result in a TBI if the brain’s normal functioning is interrupted. The greater the force of the trauma and the more suddenly it happens, the greater the chance that a TBI may occur.
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that the majority of traumatic brain injuries are caused by accidents involving falls. Motor vehicle accidents and other sudden head-trauma accidents (i.e., sports-related, falling objects, defective products) are also responsible for several traumatic brain injuries each year. A medical professional’s malpractice also may result in an individual suffering a TBI. Whatever the cause of a TBI, the effects of these injuries are extensive and may be devastating to you and your family.
What are the costs typically associated with traumatic brain injuries?
People are often unaware of the full extent of the costs associated with traumatic brain injuries. In addition to the emotional and psychological costs that may never fully disappear, traumatic brain injuries can cause financial devastation. The costs of medical treatment for those with traumatic brain injuries are simply staggering and may continue to accrue indefinitely. Some examples of the economic costs commonly associated with traumatic brain injuries include the following:
- Initial, emergency medical treatment and stabilization;
- Surgical procedures by neurosurgeons in highly specialized medical facilities;
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy;
- Psychological counseling and therapy;
- Loss or reduction of wages and income;
- Increased home maintenance expenses;
- Assisted living facilities and/or home nursing care.
The attorneys at the Bottaro Law Firm have significant experience helping individuals and families who have suffered traumatic brain injuries determine the current and future costs of these often catastrophic situations.
Why should I hire a lawyer to help with my traumatic brain injury?
If you or a loved one has suffered from a TBI, you may be completely overwhelmed during the resulting aftermath. In addition to healing physically, you may be inundated with family and financial obligations and calls from insurance companies, and feel overwhelmed while trying to deal with your employer. You may not even know for sure who caused your injuries.
During this chaotic and difficult time, it is important to have a legal team on your side that can help you deal with many of these burdensome tasks while simultaneously ensuring that your legal rights are protected. The reputable and experienced attorneys and staff at the Bottaro law Firm can assist you by gathering information necessary to determine the identity of the liable party or parties, communicating with insurance companies and your employer, arranging for experts to determine the extent and severity of your injuries, and pursuing claims for maximum compensation for you and your family, while adhering to all pertinent deadlines.
Can traumatic brain injury victims seek financial compensation for pain and suffering?
Depending on the extent of a traumatic brain injury, the individual or entity responsible for the injury may be on the hook for damages, which include but are not limited to your medical expenses, lost wages (now and in the future), certain out-of-pocket expenses, and pain and suffering. The legal team at the Bottaro law Firm will evaluate your case and hire medical and economic experts to estimate ongoing healthcare and financial expenses.
Can I file a claim on behalf of a loved one?
You may be able to file a legal claim on behalf of a loved one if he or she was severely injured and is unable to care for him or herself going forward. In these types of horrific circumstances, you may be eligible to recover economic compensation in order to pay for a possible lifetime of medical expenses and the costs of constant or regular care. You may also be eligible to recover your loved one’s lost future wages and for pain and suffering. If someone caused your loved one to suffer a TBI, which resulted in death, you may be able to bring a claim for wrongful death against those responsible.