Brain injuries are on the rise. According to a new study, there was a nearly 30 percent increase in the rate of visits to United States’ emergency departments for traumatic brain injuries from 2006 to 2010. The research team looked at data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) database to determine national trends in emergency department visits for TBI from 2006 through 2010, and found that there were 2.5 million emergency department visits for traumatic brain injuries in 2010, which represented a 29 percent increase in the rate of visits for similar injuries during the study period. By comparison, total emergency department visits increased by 3.6 percent.
Concussions and unspecified head injuries accounted for the majority of the increase, with children younger than 3 years and adults older than 60 years showing the largest increase in rates of traumatic brain injuries. We have written extensively on the serious risks associated with concussions, particularly repeat concussions. Concussions have been linked to a number of lifelong medical problems, including depression, fatigue, and sleep problems, and a person who suffers a concussion is up to four times more likely to sustain a second concussion, according to neurologists. Secondary impact syndrome (SIS) can result in massive swelling of the brain and, in some cases, may lead to a loss of blood flow to the brain, which can place a person at an increased risk for learning difficulties and other neuropsychological difficulties. Moreover, research shows that a traumatic brain injury can also increase the risk of stroke.
The rise could be attributable to a number of factors, including increased awareness and diagnoses. According to Dr. Jennifer R. Marin, M.D., the lead researcher and an assistant professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, “The reason for this increase may be because more people are sustaining head injuries, patients are more aware of TBI and more likely to seek emergency care, health care professionals are more vigilant about making these diagnoses, or a combination of these.” She went on to state that “[t]he findings underscore the need for more evaluation into why and how to reverse these trends so that we can minimize the incidence of traumatic brain injury and the consequences associated with these injuries.”
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. For instance, if you were injured in bike accident or a car accident, you may be able to recover compensation from the negligent motorist. Similarly, football organizations may be held liable for their negligent actions (or inaction) in taking steps to reduce the conduct that can cause head injuries or creating a sports environment in which head injuries are more likely.
Contact Ankin Law Office, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago personal injury attorneys to learn more about a possible head injury lawsuit.