March has been designated brain injury awareness month, so to help keep you and your family safe, the personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin would like to offer share some important information with you.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any bump, jolt or blow to the head that causes a disruption to normal brain function. Many people assume brain injuries are only suffered in traumatic events like car crashes, but in fact only 17% of TBIs are the result of vehicle accidents. A serious head injury could occur anywhere and at any time—most (about 35%) are, in fact, caused by falling. Babies are particularly at risk for brain injuries, as their softer skulls leave them more vulnerable than older children and adults.
In the summer of 2012, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was forced to recall four million infant Bumbo seats because they posed a risk of brain injury to babies. Parents love the Bumbo, a plastic infant seat, because it allows young children who are not yet able to sit on their own to remain upright. Unfortunately, the seats were not equipped with safety belts and, when used on high surfaces like countertops, babies were able to fall out. Many of the babies who fell from Bumbos suffered head injuries including skull fractures; all of them were at risk of sustaining brain injuries as well. `
Here are the scary facts that every person needs to know about traumatic brain injuries, courtesy of The Brain Injury Association:
- 1.7 million people, including 475,000 children, suffer brain injuries each year
- 52,000 people die and 275,000 are hospitalized each year as a result of a TBI
- TBIs contribute to over 30% of all injury-related deaths in the United States
- For some people, TBIs will be the start of a lifelong disease. A TBI cannot always be healed
For more information on traumatic brain injuries, see the brain injury fact sheet, or visit the Brain Injury Association's website.
If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI as the result of a dangerous product like the Bumbo, contact our office today for a free consultation regarding your case.