Believe it or not, brain injuries occur on a rather frequent basis. How frequent is that, exactly? Well, on a national level, over 1 million people suffer brain injuries every year. What about Arizona? What are the traumatic brain injury (TBI) rates for the state, and what actions can victims of TBIs take in order to achieve compensation for their losses?
As stated above, approximately 1.4 million people across the country suffer from some sort of TBI. The majority of those people are seen in hospital emergency rooms. A couple hundred thousand of them will require hospitalization, and about 50,000 people will die as a result of their injuries.
In Arizona, nearly 48,000 individuals were seen in medical facilities in 2011 for traumatic brain injuries. Approximately 7,000 of those people required hospitalization and about 1,300 of them died from their injuries. Of the 5.3 million Americans who are currently living with disabilities resulting from TBIs, approximately 45,000 of them reside in Arizona.
All of these numbers represent cases that were seen in hospital settings. They do not account for patients seen in outpatient clinics, doctors' offices or those who refuse to seek medical care. Regardless, the number of Arizona residents who have suffered brain injuries is pretty significant. A traumatic brain injury that is the result of someone's negligence could be compensated. Legal claims may be filed in civil court and, if navigated successfully, may be awarded monetary judgments for any and all recoverable damages, such as medical costs, disability, lost wages, and -- in the event of fatality -- funeral and other associated expenses.
Source: biaaz.org, "How common is brain injury?", Accessed on Oct. 24, 2015