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Causes of Brain Injury

Video Description: New York Brain Injury Lawyer Michael V. Kaplen discusses the causes of brain injury.
Published On: 8/22/10

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Video Transcript: Causes of Brain Injury

Michael V. Kaplen: In my role as an advocate on behalf of victims of traumatic brain injury, I am often asked about the types of incidents that typically cause brain trauma.

Traumatic Brain Injury has become a national health epidemic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control each year in the United States:

  • Approximately 1.5 million Americans will sustain a traumatic brain injury
  • 51,000 persons die from their brain injuries and 230,000 individuals are hospitalized
  • More than 1 million individuals a year are treated in hospital emergency rooms and released following a TBI.
  • It is estimated $56 Billion Dollars is spent each year on direct and indirect costs related to traumatic brain injury and that
  • 80,000-90,000 individuals will experience the onset of long term disability as a result of their brain injury.

And of course, unfortunately, it is the sad truth that traumatic brain injury has become the signature wound for returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

These statistics explain why I say that traumatic brain injury is a national health epidemic that needs the full resources of the federal and state governments to address injury prevention, brain injury education and proper methods of brain injury rehabilitation. Insurance companies need to be held accountable when they withhold necessary benefits for victims of brain trauma.

Some of the leading causes of traumatic brain injury in the United States today are:

  • Falls
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Sporting accidents
  • Violence including domestic violence
  • Shaken baby syndrome.

In children and the elderly the leading cause of TBI are falls. In young adults, aged 15 to 19 the leading cause of TBI are motor vehicle accidents. The third leading cause of traumatic brain injury is sporting accidents.

Males are twice as likely as females to have sustained a traumatic brain injury
and children 4 and under as well as senior citizens are at the highest risk of brain trauma.

The best cure for a traumatic brain injury is prevention. There are many ways that the risk of a traumatic brain injury can be reduced.

Here are just some:

  • Wear a seat belt every time you are in a motor vehicle.
  • Buckle your child into a seat restraint or booster seat.
  • Wear a helmet and make sure your child wears a helmet when riding a bicycle, motorcycle, skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, in line skating or skate boarding.
  • Helmets are also important on the baseball and football fields.

Tripping hazards should be removed from floors including throw rugs and non slip surfaces need to be installed in bathtubs and on shower floors. Grab bars on the sides of bath tubs and showers also help to reduce falls as does handrails on both sides of stairways.

Window guards on windows and the installation of safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs also prevent needless traumatic brain injury to our children. In playgrounds, brain injuries can be significantly reduced by installing shock absorbing safety material.

When a brain injury occurs, it is necessary to seek the assistance of a qualified attorney who understands the significant and permanent consequences that can take place after this invisible injury.

If you or a loved one is a victim of the silent epidemic of traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your injuries.

If I can assist you with your brain injury case, you can contact me at:

Phone: 1-866-BRAINLAW
Email: michael@brainlaw.com
Web: http://www.brainlaw.com

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Our Credentials

Michael Kaplen

Professorial Lecturer in Law
The George Washington University Law School

Past Chair
New York State Traumatic
Brain Injury Coordinating Council

President
American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys

Vice President
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

3 Term President
Brain Injury Association of
New York State

Past Chair
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation
Group: American Association
For Justice

Past Chair
Motor Vehicle, Highway, Premises
Liability Section: American Association
For Justice

National Advisory Board
Association of Interstate
Trucking Lawyers of America

Past Co-Chair
Tort Section, New York County
Lawyers Association

Board of Directors
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Board of Governors, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

Board of Directors
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

Editorial Board
Neurolaw Letter

Board Certified
Civil Trial Advocate
National Board of Trial Advocacy*

Board Certified
American Board of Professional
Liability Attorneys
Medical Liability*

Sustaining Member:
American Association for Justice
Public Justice Foundation

Member:
N.Y.S. Trial Lawyers Association
Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers
Southern Trial Lawyers
Association-Fellow
North American Brain Injury Association

Graduate of Marquette University, College of Health Sciences, in Neuro Anatomical Dissection of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord

Honors & Awards:

New York Super Lawyer
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Top 100 New York Trial Lawyers -
American Trial Lawyer Association

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Public Achievement Award

Board of Trustees, Melvin M. Belli Society

Shana DeCaro

1st Vice President
American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys

Treasurer
Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group: American Association for Justice

Board of Trustees, Secretary
Civil Justice Foundation

Board of Directors
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Fellow
American Association for Justice

Fellow
Melvin M. Belli Society

Editor
Law Update
New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

Amicus Counsel
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Honors and Awards

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Public Achievement Award

President’s Award
New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers

Who’s Who in American Women

Who’s Who in American Law

Top 100 New York Trial Lawyers-American Trial Lawyers Association

Elite Lawyers Of America

Graduate of Marquette University, College of Health Sciences, in Neuro Anatomical Dissection of the Human Brain and Spinal Cord

Member:

New York Academy of Trial Lawyers

New York State Trial Lawyers Association

Brain Injury Association New York State

North American Brain Injury Association

Member:
Nursing Home Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

Brain Trauma Litigation Group
American Assoc. for Justice

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New York State
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United States Federal District Courts:
Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
United States Tax Court
United States Court of International Trade

 

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