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Car Accidents a Leading Cause of Traumatic Brain Injuries

September 19, 2012 by The Sawaya Law Firm

According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer a brain injury every year. Traumatic brain injuries are usually caused by car accidents, falls, assaults, sports or other trauma. The BIAA reminds people that brain injuries can happen anywhere at any time to anyone.

When a person is older than 75, falls are the most likely cause of a traumatic brain injury. For people under the age of 75, traumatic brain injuries are most often caused by motor vehicle accidents, including car and motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian and bike accidents. Overall, half of all traumatic brain injuries are caused by car accidents and other transportation accidents, according to the National Institutes of Health. Many auto accidents occur right here in Denver, Colorado.

Lately, the subject of brain injuries has been in the news, largely because of sports-related injuries, which, according to the National Institutes of Health, account for 3 percent of brain injuries. Brain injuries have also been in the news because of the thousands of service members returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with the wars’ signature wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

The shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in January 2011 also put brain injuries in the news, as Giffords suffered a penetrating gunshot wound to the brain. The media also covered her challenges in recovering from such a severe brain injury. Violence causes 20 percent of brain injuries overall.

Brain Injury Care And Rehabilitation Costs Can Be Overwhelming

Even though car accidents cause many brain injuries, you do not often hear much about this common cause in the newspaper. No matter what causes a brain injury, recovery is sure to be difficult and costly. A person who suffers a severe brain injury must first undergo lifesaving care. According to the BIAA, brain injuries kill 52,000 people every year. In fact, one-third of deaths from injuries in the U.S. involve a traumatic brain injury.

A person’s fight to recover from a brain injury, however, does not stop when their life is saved. People who suffer brain trauma must go through extensive rehabilitation to regain basic skills they may have lost such as how to talk and walk again. According to the BIAA, the average cost of hospital-based rehab is $8,000 per day. Outpatient care can run from $800 to $2,500 per day. This is why it is important to contact a Denver, Colorado, attorney if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury from an auto accident or other trauma.

Rehabilitation is costly and must be tailored to the individual because no two people or two injuries are the same. Sometimes insurance companies will refuse to cover the costs of this necessary rehabilitation. Of the people who survive a brain injury, many will be disabled for the rest of their lives.

If you or a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury or a family member has died as the result of another’s negligence in Colorado, contact The Sawaya Law Firm in Denver, Colorado, and speak to an experienced Denver brain injury lawyer about your case.

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