Shareef Rabaa is a lawyer dedicated to those who have wrongfully been victims of Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”). Through rigorous training, study and dedication to his clients, Shareef Rabaa has emerged as a leading trial attorney focusing on TBI.
The statistics on TBI show an overwhelming health crisis. The Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) reports:
Each year, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The severity of a TBI may range from “mild” to “severe”.
Data are critical to understanding the impact of this important public health problem. This information can help inform TBI prevention strategies, identify research and education priorities, and support the need for services among those living with a TBI.
TBI in the United States:
•An estimated 1.7 million people sustain a TBI annually.
• 52,000 die,
• 275,000 are hospitalized, and
• 1.365 million, nearly 80%, are treated and released from an emergency department.
• TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30.5%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.1
• About 75% of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).2
• Direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI, such as lost productivity, totaled an estimated $60 billion in the United States in 2000.
TBI by Age:
• Children aged 0 to 4 years, older adolescents aged 15 to 19 years, and adults aged 65 years and older are
most likely to sustain a TBI.
• Almost half a million (473,947) emergency department visits for TBI are made annually by children aged 0 to 14 years.
Adults aged 75 years and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalization and death.
TBI by Sex:
• In every age group, TBI rates are higher for males than for females.
• Males aged 0 to 4 years have the highest rates of TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths combined.
TBI by External Cause:
• Falls are the leading cause of TBI. Rates are highest for children aged 0 to 4 years and for adults aged 75 years and older.
• Falls result in the greatest number of TBI-related emergency department visits (523,043) and hospitalizations (62,334).
Motor vehicle–traffic injury is the leading cause of TBI-related death. Rates are highest for adults aged 20 to 24 years.