Boston, MA Brain Injury Lawyer
The brain is one of the most vital organs in the body, regulating everything from our ability to think critically to our breathing. Therefore, even a relatively minor level of damage to the brain can nevertheless have extremely serious consequences for an individual, potentially requiring costly medical care and rendering work difficult or impossible, leaving brain injury victims unable to support themselves independently.
Brain injuries may be caused by many different factors, from car accidents to slip and falls, but if someone else was responsible for causing someone in Boston, MA to be injured, our lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, believe they should be held accountable for the ensuing consequences. Fortunately, through personal injury claims, many victims of brain injuries are able to take such action and get the financial compensation they need and deserve.
Types of Brain Injuries
A brain injury can occur in a variety of different ways, not to mention affect each person in unique ways. However, some of the most common types of brain injuries that people sustain include:
- Brain damage
- Memory loss
All of these injuries can present serious problems for brain injury victims. Apart from the physical consequences, many brain injury victims find themselves facing psychological and financial problems, making it difficult for them to adjust to life after the injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
How prevalent is traumatic brain injury (TBI) in accident cases in Massachusetts?
When it comes to death caused by TBI, motor vehicle crashes are the second-leading cause, according to a state report from Health and Human Services. In 2012, there were 840 deaths of Massachusetts residents that involved a traumatic brain injury. At Massachusetts acute care hospitals, there were 5,879 hospitalizations for inpatients, 2,213 observation stays and 67,397 emergency room visits for nonfatal traumatic brain injury in 2013. Learn more
Is there a certain age group or that is more at risk of traumatic brain injury?
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, residents that are 65 years old or older make up the largest portion of TBI-related hospitalizations. The rate at which they face these injuries is also higher than other age groups. These residents accounted for 46% of TBI-related deaths and 49% of TBI-related hospitalizations. However, Massachusetts children ages zero to fourteen years had the highest number and rate of TBI-related ER visits, and these children accounted for 24% of such visits. Learn more
How does TBI affect the body?
A non-life threatening, but severe TBI may result in an extended period of unconsciousness (coma) or amnesia after the injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that there are several issues, both short- and long-term, that affect people with TBI. These include an affect on cognitive function, motor control, sensations, and emotions. Click the link for descriptions on how each of these are affected. Learn more
My spouse was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury after an accident. How long can I expect the injury to affect our daily life?
The CDC reports that for individuals hospitalized after a TBI, almost half (43%) have a related disability for one year after the injury. The CDC also reports that the consequences of severe TBI can affect all aspects of an individual’s life, including relationships, their ability to work, do household tasks, drive, and/or participate in other daily living activities. Learn more
Are there any safety measures that a parent can take to prevent traumatic brain injury (TBI) in their children?
One of the leading causes of death, injury, and TBI in the US is motor vehicle crashes. The CDC’s primary prevention focuses buckling your child into the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt (according to the child’s height, weight, and age). The prevention program also focuses on deterrence of other impaired driving.
For more information, see:
- Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)
- Massachusetts Special Emphasis Report: Traumatic Brain Injury (2012)
U.S. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Statistics
According to a CDC report, there are over 5 million people in America who are affected daily by a TBI. The effects of these injuries can be so drastic that ever part of a person’s life can be affected. In addition, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of disability and death for children and young adults in the U.S. It is a fact that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of TBI resulting in hospitalization.
Each year an estimated 1.5 million Americans sustain a TBI.
- 230,000 people hospitalized, but survive
- 50,000 people die as a result
- 80,000 to 90,000 people experience some long-term disability
It is estimated that for the 5.3 million Americans who exist with a TBI-related disability, the financial cost is only part of their total personal burden. The long-term impairments and disabilities associated with TBI and the full human cost cannot be determined easily. Since these disabilities are not easily visible to the public, like a broken extremity, TBI is looked at as an invisible epidemic. The CDC further reports that these disabilities that arise from some cognitive, emotional, sensory, and other motor impairments, can often permanently change a person’s vocational aspirations and they can have significant effects on family and social relationships. Visit this CDC webpage to learn more.
U.S. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Prevention
Fortunately, the number of motor vehicle accidents that lead to TBI deaths has gone down by nearly 40 percent since 1980. This drop is likely due to a number of factors, including widespread seatbelt and car seat use, an increase in vehicles that are airbag equipped, and a decrease in incidences where the driver was intoxicated. These positive changes, along with recent changes in speed limits and in seatbelt and helmet use requirements, should be reviewed further to determine their impact on TBI incidence and death.
The current American Association of Neurological Surgeons TBI statistics:
- National statistics show that between 50-70 percent of TBI accidents are the result of a motor vehicle crash.
- Nearly 1.7 million cases of TBI occur in the U.S. every year.
- Annual direct and indirect TBI costs are between $48-56 billion.
- There are nearly 235,000 hospitalizations for TBI each year, which is more than 20 times the hospitalizations for spinal cord injuries.
- TBI accounts for an estimated 2,685 deaths, 37,000 hospitalizations, and 435,000 ER visits for children that are ages 14 and younger.
- Each year, 80,000-90,000 people go through the onset of long-term or lifelong disabilities associated with TBI.
- Of all reported TBI accidents, males represent 78.8 percent, while females represent 21.2 percent.
- Among American adolescents and children, sports and recreational activities contribute to nearly 21 percent of all TBIs.
- The mortality rate for TBI is 30 per 100,000, or nearly 50,000 deaths in the U.S yearly. Fifty percent of these die within the first two hours of their injury.
- Of all traumatic deaths, those from head injuries account for 34 percent. Starting at age 30, the mortality risk after head injury starts to increase. Persons that are 60 years old or more have the highest death rate after TBI, mainly due to falls, which have a rising incidence in this age category.
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Talk to a Brain Injury Attorney in Boston, MA
If you have been the victim of a brain injury caused by someone else, you need an experienced attorney on your side to help you fight for the compensation you are seeking. Our attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, may be able to help you pursue this compensation. Call us at (617) 426-4488 today to learn more about our experience handling such cases.