According to current statistics, 138 people die every day from serious injuries that include a traumatic brain injury. And for those lucky to survive from such an injury, they likely do not escape unscathed. For those suffering from a moderate-to-severe TBI, it will likely be deemed a lifelong disabling condition.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that a TBI is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. Many wonder what makes TBIs so prevalent, causing so many deaths and disabilities each year. To better understand this matter, the CDC explored the four top causes for TBIs.
The top cause of a TBI is falls. They account for 40 percent of all traumatic brain injuries, with 55 percent of children between the ages of 0 and 14 suffering a TBI form a fall and 81 percent of those 64-years-old and older suffering a TBI from a fall. The second most common cause of a TBI is being accidentally hit by an object. Being unintentionally hit by a blunt object accounted for roughly 15 percent of TBIs.
The third cause is a motor vehicle accident. While this seems like a very common reason for individuals to suffer from a TBI, this type of accident accounts for only 14 percent of TBIs. Finally, the fourth most common cause of a TBI is assault. Roughly 10 percent of TBIs were caused by some form of assault.
No matter the cause of a TBI, it is important to understand what one can do if this injury causes one to be disabled. Living with a disability, no matter the cause, presents challenges. Because of this, it is vital to explore your rights an options to obtain Social Security disability benefits to address the hardships caused by a disabling brain injury.