March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month, marking a good time to consider just how devastating these injuries can be – and giving hope as new efforts and research focus on helping victims of brain injury recover.
According to the CDC, the leading cause of brain injury is falling. Nearly half of all traumatic brain injury-related hospitalizations are caused by slip and fall accidents. Following falls, motor vehicle accidents and assault are the most common causes of brain injury.
The leading cause of brain injury-related death is suicide by firearm.
The most at-risk population for traumatic brain injury is the elderly. 32% of all brain injury hospitalizations and 28% of deaths occur in individuals over the age of 75. Children are at higher risk as well, with those under the age of 17 accounting for the second-highest numbers of hospitalizations and deaths.
Men are nearly twice as likely to sustain a brain injury as women. The injury is also more common in certain segments of the population, including survivors of domestic violence, people experiencing homelessness, and people living in rural areas, but injury can happen to anyone at any time.
Have You Been Injured in an Accident?
Traumatic brain injury can result in:
- Mood disorders
- Personality changes
- Anxiety, depression, and aggression
- Cognitive difficulties
- Sexual dysfunction
Around 22.6% of all traumatic brain injuries result in fatality. Sometimes quickly, sometimes after several weeks, months, or years. When not fatal, these injuries may require a lifetime of support, rehabilitation, and special care. Even still, full recovery is impossible in many cases.
When you sustain a brain injury in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you need a lawyer on your side who can hold the responsible party accountable and fight for the compensation you truly deserve.
WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH, PEOPLE CHOOSE HICKEY LAW FIRM®
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed due to someone else’s behavior, you may have cause to file suit. Call Hickey Law Firm at 305-371-8000 to schedule a complimentary case review and learn all about your options. Located in Miami, our brain injury lawyers serve victims of serious injury throughout the country.
Attorney John H. (Jack) Hickey and his team handle a wide range of cases, including but not limited to cruise ship accidents, admiralty and maritime accident cases, medical malpractice, wrongful death, premises liability, railroad accidents and car accidents. We represent victims from all over the nation, the world and the state of Florida.