Every day, at least 150 people in the U.S. die from brain injuries.
Even those who survive a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can face life-damaging effects, including impaired thinking or problems with memory, impaired movement or emotional functioning and depression, among many other effects.
Many residents of Los Angeles make up the estimated 1.7 million people who sustain brain injuries in the U.S. every year.
While heart disease and cancer – the two leading causes of death in our country – progress over time, a brain injury can make you disabled for the rest of your life just because you slip on a wet floor.
Brain injury statistics are quite scary. If you happen to own a car, motorcycle or bicycle, you play sports – particularly football – or work at a construction site, the following statistics should sound alarm bells, as you’re at a higher risk of brain injury.
Brain injury statistics in the U.S.
- 1.7 million people are victims of TBI every year
- Brain injuries account for about a third of all deaths related to injuries
- About 50,000 people die from brain injuries every year
- TBI is a diagnosis in over 2.5 million ED visits every year
- Falls are the leading cause of brain injury, accounting for 47% of all TBI-related injuries and deaths
- Youngest and oldest age groups are more prone to falls
Obtaining compensation for your temporary and permanent injuries is not an easy task in Los Angeles.
Since legalese isn’t the easiest language to understand for an average person with no law degree, it’s vital to seek help from a Los Angeles brain injury attorney to get compensation for your damages if your TBI was caused by the negligence of others.
You can even sue Los Angeles for brain injury
In fact, you can even sue Los Angeles city to obtain compensation for your brain injury, pain and suffering. This was the case earlier this month when a man, who sustained severe injuries by a car crossing Franklin Avenue, won a lawsuit against Los Angeles and the car driver.
The man named John Leopold Victoria, who armed himself with legal help from attorneys after sustaining brain injuries in a road accident, accused Los Angeles of failing to make the intersection safe for pedestrians.
Mr. Leopold and his attorneys proved in court that traffic laws were not properly enforced at the intersection, which resulted in LA paying the victim $15 million to end the legal battle.
Cases like these are not uncommon in California, as you can hold authorities and even the city as a whole liable for your brain injury if your city failed to address dangerous conditions in public places, be it a wet surface of any kind, an intersection with no crosswalks or a poorly lit alley.
Here at the Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg, we take each and every brain injury case seriously and all the way to a favorable verdict for our clients.
Be careful doing these brain injury-causing activities
Given the rather gloomy brain injury statistics in Los Angeles and our country as a whole, you may want to be more careful and take all safety measures to prevent brain injury when engaging in any of the following activities:
- Driving a car or riding a motorcycle or bicycle (car, bike and motorcycle collisions are one of the most leading causes of brain injury)
- Playing sports, particularly football (fact: 96% of all NFL players suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy)
- Walking or running on wet surfaces (grass, floor, etc.)
- Walking near construction sites (beware of falling objects)
- Fighting another person (getting struck by something or someone can lead to permanent brain damage)
- Walking or running up and down stairs
- Using defective products
- The list goes on and on, as brain injury is caused by a blow to the head or body
If you were diagnosed with a brain injury and you believe it was caused by the negligence of others, contact our Los Angeles brain injury attorney today to get a free initial consultation.