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7 Statistics on Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injuries

One moment someone could be walking down a crosswalk, and the next struck by a vehicle. They could wake up days later from a coma in a haze with their loved ones beside them in a hospital bed, to a new reality that is living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sustaining a TBI as a result from an accident is a horrific, life-altering experience.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 61,000 deaths relating to a TBI occurred in the United States in 2019. On average, there were 166 TBI deaths happening each day. This type of injury contributes to a third of all injury-related fatalities in the nation. Common factors that account for a TBI include falls, intentional self harm, motor vehicle accidents, and assaults.

To learn more about TBI, our compassionate team of expert brain injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers break down some brain injury statistics for you below.

Traumatic Brain Injury Statistics

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  • In the United States, 13.5 million people live with a disability because of a traumatic brain injury.
  • The estimated annual direct and indirect costs for a TBI is $76.5 billion.
  • Patients who suffer from a mild TBI are expected to recover within a few days or weeks. About 30 percent of patients have post-concussion symptoms within 3 months after the initial date of injury.
  • 227,000 TBI-related hospitalizations occurred in 2016 and 224,000 in 2017.
  • Children who were 0 to 17 years old contributed 8.6 percent of TBI hospitalizations in 2016 and 7.8 percent in 2017.
  • The most common age group with the highest rate of TBI-related hospitalizations include, in order: adults ages 55 and older, young children ages 0 to 4 years old, and young adults ages 15 to 24 years old.
  • In 2017, unintentional falls accounted for 49.1 percent of TBI hospitalizations, while motor vehicle accidents contributed 24.5 percent.
  • Suicide was the leading cause of TBI-related deaths in 2016 (33.8 percent) and 2017 (34.7 percent).
  • Males (78.8 percent) were involved in more TBI-related injuries than females (21.2 percent).
  • Sports-related activities accounted for 21 percent of TBI-related injuries among children and adults.

TBI Symptoms

Common symptoms of a TBI include, but are not limited to:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Lack of concentration
  • Paralysis
  • Coma
  • Dilated pupils
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bladder or bowel control problems
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Cerebrospinal fluid oozing out of the ears or nose
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Intolerable to light

Symptoms may vary depending on the severity of the injury.

Long-Term Effects of Brain Injury

For some, brain injury is the start of a lifelong disease process. The symptoms for a moderate to severe TBI can be long-term or permanent. Many people have reported permanent physical or mental disabilities. Even patients who are showing signs of improvement may have long-lasting effects that won’t go away anytime soon.

Daily tasks and even work that was routine before TBI can be much more difficult to complete after the fact. And when TBI is the result of someone else’s negligence, having to deal not only with these new changes in a patient’s life, but also having to deal with the physical, financial, and emotional burdens can be taxing on a person and their family.

Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Claim

In California, it is required for the individual to file a personal injury claim within 2 years from the date of their incident. Failure to do so will result in their claim being barred. However, there are exceptions:

  • The individual is suffering from mental or physical injuries because of the injury.
  • The individual is a minor. The statute of limitation will commence once the individual turns 18.
  • The “discovery rule” may take place if an injury was not immediately noticeable. The statute of limitations will begin once the individual discovers their injury.

Available Damages

If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, also known as damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone else’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for financial losses. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help 

If you or a loved one were involved in an accident that resulted in a TBI and would like to file a lawsuit against the party at-fault, our experienced team of brain injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you acquire compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.

No fees will be charged until we win your case. Contact us today by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected] to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our knowledgeable, compassionate, and caring legal team.


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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