ER trips resulting from brain injury increase 30 percent


Brain injuries are among the most serious types of injuries a Tennessean can face. Following motor vehicle accidents, especially those involving motorcycles, it is not uncommon for someone to be inflicted with head trauma. This head trauma can result in myriad complications, including memory problems, psychological issues, confusion, nausea and a number of other debilitating symptoms. When a brain injury is the result of the negligence of another party involved, victims have rights.

According to reports, there has been a 30 percent increase in emergency room visits resulting from traumatic brain injuries. A study published in an American medical journal found this spike in brain injuries was present between 2006 and 2010. Researchers speculate that the increase may be the result of a number of new laws, public health campaigns and numerous other efforts to inform the general public of the dangers of brain injuries.

When conducting this study, researchers studied data on emergency room visits, tracking trends for 950 plus medical centers in the United States. This totaled to about 25 to 50 million patient visits. Researchers also found that between 2006 and 2010, 1.7 percent of the patients involved in the approximately 138 million emergency department visits were given a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury. This indicated a rise of emergency room visits at a rate that was eight times higher in the time period.

Trauma to the head can be life altering. Victims may no longer be able to enjoy the quality of life that they were used to following brain injuries. They may be burdened with physical and mental complications that result in hefty medical expenses that can be difficult to shoulder. Taking legal action can sometimes help victims obtain compensation to ease this financial burden.

Source: CBS News, "ER visits for traumatic brain injury spike 30 percent," Jessica Firger, May 13, 2014

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