What You Need to Know About Traumatic Brain Injury
Did you know...
- Over 135 people die every single day in our country because of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- Death is far less common than the staggering numbers of those permanently scarred by this little-understood phenomenon.
- Over 5 million Americans live with a disability related to a TBI. Brain injuries are a major cause of depression and even suicides.
- The divorce rate among those seriously injured in a traumatic brain injury is off the charts.
- Concussions are the most common form of a mild brain injury. Often seen in injuries from soccer, football, and skateboarding.
- Workers in the construction industry experience a large number of occupational brain injuries, many caused by preventable falls from elevation.
- Falls continue to be a leading cause of deaths, accounting for 366 of the 971 construction fatalities recorded in 2017.
I would’ve assumed that motorcycle accidents and car crashes would’ve been the leading causes of TBI‘s, however, falls are the leading cause of TBI-related injuries (40.5%), followed by being struck by or against an object (15.5%) and motor vehicle accidents (14.3%). There are steps that facilities can take to minimize these risks.
Requiring good handrails on stairs and decks, removing trip hazards like rugs, eliminating wet floors, using better lighting, restricting heavy items to bottom shelves, using harnesses, choosing scaffolding over ladders, and making steps bright yellow.
Mr. Peel seeks justice for those injured in tractor trailer and car accidents, medical malpractice, and disability. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Mr. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.
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