Brain Injury and Car Crashes: Level 1 Trauma Centers are Vital

By Peter DePaolis

Federal officials consider traumatic brain injury (TBI) a serious public health problem in the United States. Brain injuries lead to thousands of deaths and cases of permanent disability every year across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The level of treatment a TBI victim receives after the traumatic event can make a big difference in recovery, particularly after a car accident.

Data from the CDC shows that the leading causes of TBI include:

  • Falls at 35.2 percent
  • Motor vehicle and traffic accidents at 17.3 percent
  • Struck by an object or colliding with a stationary object at 16.5 percent
  • Assaults at 10 percent

In a car accident, the CDC found that transporting victims to a Level 1 trauma facility could be the difference between life and death. Their research showed that treatment after a car crash at a Level 1 trauma center lowered the risk of death by 25 percent for severely injured victims, compared to treatment at a hospital without trauma care services.

Has someone you know suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car crash?

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.