A brain injury occurs when the head suffers a certain trauma. The trauma may come in the form of a jolt, blow, bump or even a penetrating head injury. Traumatic brain injuries can range all the way from mild brain injuries like concussions, which account for a majority of traumatic brain injuries recorded in the United States each year, to more severe brain injuries that can leave a person in a vegetative state.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury. The agency estimates that between 2006 and 2010, fall accidents accounted for approximately 40% of all brain injuries that were recorded in the United States.
What makes a fall even more dangerous is that young people, as well as seniors are equally susceptible to falls. Unlike other brain injury causes like motor vehicle accidents that are much more likely to affect young male motorists, fall accidents can also impact young children. It is reported that 55% of brain injuries among children between the ages of 1 and 14 were caused by fall accidents. In addition, more than 81% of the injuries caused in seniors above the age of 65 were caused by falls.
Among seniors above the age of 65, falls are a major cause of TBI-related fatalities. Among children between the age of the 1 and 14, falls are a leading cause of TBI-related hospitalization. No matter what age group you find yourself, you’re much more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury that results in hospitalization or death in a fall accident than any other TBI factor.
Other factors contributing to brain injury include motor vehicle accidents, assaults, and blows to the head. Motor vehicle accidents contribute to 40% of brain injury cases in the United States, while 10.7% of cases are linked to assaults. Cases in which persons who are struck by an object on the head by an object accounted for approximately 50.5% of all TBI cases in the United States.
If you are a senior, reduce the risk of suffering a fall that causes a brain injury by performing exercises that help to boost balance, gait and coordination. Get your eyesight checked regularly, and be extra careful about walking up and down stairs. Make sure that your home is well – illuminated, especially corridors, and stairways. Remove extension cords from the floor and any area rugs that can pose a tripping hazard in the home.
The Indiana brain injury lawyers at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP represent persons who have suffered brain injuries across Indiana.