Courtesy of the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina, Charleston injury lawyers received a newsletter featuring some startling information not typically covered by media outlets. Currently, there are over 61,000 South Carolinians living with disabilities from traumatic brain injury, or caused by an external physical force, and in the United States a traumatic brain injury occurs at an alarming rate of one every 23 seconds. Combining victims of breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS, there are still more individuals suffering from brain injuries. This is in no way to discount the prevalence and severity of other afflictions, it is meant to cast a light on a serious condition that is often overlooked.
The cause of brain injuries is varied, the most common include serious car accidents, bicycle accidents, falls, domestic violence, and/or as a result of combat for veterans. In South Carolina, brain injuries are the number one cause of death in individuals ages 1 to 44. Yearly, over 2,500 individuals are discharged from South Carolina hospitals with brain injury and tens of thousands are seen in emergency rooms statewide to be treated for milder brain injuries.
But, while broken bones and open wounds are obvious for doctors and medical staff to treat, brain injuries are not always easy detect in accident trauma victims. Even when a diagnostic test like an MRI or CT scan is conducted, they often will not show minor shearing or tearing in the brain. In many cases a neuropsychological examination must be given to properly diagnose a brain injury.
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Information On South Carolina's Number One Cause of Death