State of Washington Launches Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Initiative

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and the Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council launched a campaign on March 1st to “raise awareness and provide a way for people to get information about available resources” regarding Traumatic Brain Injuries. The Seattle Post Intelligencer’s reporter, Cherie Black, wrote an excellent article about the pain and suffering that TBI victims suffer. In her PI article she told the heart-felt stories of several individuals whose lives were dramatically altered after a TBI. She also asks that you share your own stories of TBI on her blog entitled, “Brain Injuries Suck“.

The leading causes of TBI are:
• Falls (28%).
• Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (20%).
• Struck by/against events (19%).
• Assaults (11%).1
• Since the Iraq war, an increasing number of soldiers experience TBIs due to explosions.

TBI Statistics
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

TBIs contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability annually. Of the 1.4 million who sustain a TBI each year in the United States:
• 50,000 die.
• 235,000 are hospitalized.
• million are treated and released from an emergency department.

Among children ages 0 to 14 years, TBI results in an estimated:
• 2,685 deaths.
• 37,000 hospitalizations.
• 435,000 emergency department visits annually.

If you or a loved one has sustained a serious TBI through the fault or negligence of another you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. The Farber Law Group, a Bellevue, Washington, based personal injury law firm has more than 30 years experience in representing victims of TBIs. Call us today for a free case consultation.

For more information and resources on TBI’s, see the TBI Washington web-site, http://www.tbiwashington.org/.