Frequency of TBI

Ian Mattoch knows that a traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone. That is why the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch is involved with virtually all levels of meeting the needs of persons who has a traumatic brain injury.  From legislation on a state and national level through the State of Hawaii’s Neurotrauma Advisory Board and Brain Injury Association of Hawaii, through representation of traumatic brain injured clients and their family, through a continued commitment program after settlement, through community education and outreach, the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch is committed to persons who have a traumatic brain injury and their families. 

Each year, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability.  The Center’s for Disease Control and Injury Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are 5.3 million children and adults living with the consequences of sustaining a traumatic brain injury in the United States. This number represents nearly 2% of the population.

The risk of TBI is highest among adolescents, young adults and persons over the age of 75. In comparing the national prevalence rate for TBI with other more commonly cited and discussed disabilities, it is easily understood why TBI is often referred to as the “silent epidemic”. Examples of other prevalence rates (from CDC) follow:

•    400,000 with Spinal Cord Injuries;
•    500,000 with Cerebral Palsy;
•    2.3 million with Epilepsy;
•    3.0 million with Stroke disabilities;
•    4.0 million with Alzheimer’s Disease;
•    5.3 million with TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES;
•    5.4 million with Persistent Mental Illness;
•    and 7.2 million with Mental Retardation.

An estimated TWO MILLION people receive a traumatic brain injury each year and someone will sustain a brain injury every fifteen seconds. An estimated ONE MILLION people are treated for TBI and released from hospital emergency departments each year. Each year 275,000 Americans are hospitalized (longer than ER booking) as a result of TBI. Each year 80,000 Americans experience the onset of long-term disability as a result of sustaining a TBI. More than 50,000 people die every year as a result of TBI.

Fall-related incidents are the leading cause of brain injury; they account for 35.5% of all TBI’s with rates highest for children aged 0 to 4 years and for adults aged 75 years and older.  Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of TBI-related death with rates highest for adults aged 20 to 24 years.

Unfortunately, while legislation may help in developing public policy with regard to research, prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injury, the taxpayer cannot be expected to foot the entire bill resulting from injuries, especially where the injury results from the negligence of another. Moreover, due to advances in medical technology, especially in the diagnostic and imaging areas of medicine brain injury is likely to be diagnosed at greater rates than ever before. It is not necessarily that there are more brain injuries occurring today, but due to poor diagnostic capabilities in the past, these injuries were simply overlooked, and unfortunately, left untreated for the most part.

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If you or someone you know has been injured or suffered
Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI as a result of someone else’s negligence,

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Call 808-523-2451 today
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