Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) involve damage to the skull or the brain, which is caused by some type of physical force. These kinds of impairments happen more frequently than you may think in South Carolina. An average of 1,117 deaths, 2,800 hospital discharges and 11,500 emergency room visits occur in this state each year due to traumatic brain injuries.
According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), there are many causes of TBI cases within the state. Falling happens to be the biggest non-fatal reason that TBIs occur, accounting for 35 percent of all recorded incidents. Automobile crashes are second with 22 percent, followed by being struck by or against something at 11 percent and assaults at 10 percent.
When it comes to TBI incidents that result in fatalities, motor vehicle crashes lead all other causes at 33 percent. Additionally, people who are 20 to 34 years old die from TBI more than any other age group in South Carolina. Furthermore, white males are the most vulnerable to die from a TBI-related event within the state.
What can be done to prevent TBI in South Carolina? Given the statistics, traumatic brain injuries are a serious issue in South Carolina. Right now, 61,000 residents live with some kind of permanent injury related to TBI.
Fortunately, there are resources that bring awareness to this problem. In addition to the SCDHEC, The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina (BIASC) also serves to promote prevention. Programs such as Think First are designed to help children learn ways to reduce the risk of brain injuries. BIASC also works to educate the general public by ongoing education initiatives that include encouraging constant seat belt and helmet use.
A traumatic brain injury can change your life in an instant. Severe health issues may be the result, making it difficult for you to function on your own. The attorneys at the Joye Law Firm understand the serious nature of TBI and are ready to fight for your rights, if you or a loved one is the victim of a head or brain injury. Please contact us for a free consultation at (888) 324-3100 to discuss the details of your traumatic brain injury or fill out our convenient online form today.