Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of disability and death in South Carolina. TBIs often result from falls, traffic accidents, and direct blows to the head.
According to the Center for Disease Control, 28% of TBIs are caused by falls. Young children and senior citizens are at the greatest risk to sustain a head injury from falling. Most often, senior citizens lose their footing in the bathroom or trip over objects in the house. Preventive measures such as rails, non-slip mats, and clear walkways can help them stay safe. For young children, it is stairs, adult beds, and open windows that pose the greatest threat. Installing bed rails, window guards, and safety gates are some ways to help your child avoid head injury.
Car accidents are the next leading cause of TBI. Young adults (ages 15-19) are the most frequent victims of head injuries from car wreck in South Carolina. In an accident, a person's head might strike the windshield, dashboard, or headrest. The most effective way to prevent head trauma in a crash is to always wear a seat belt. With regard to children, they should be properly buckled in a safety or booster seat until they have outgrown them.
Being struck by an object is another primary cause of traumatic brain injury. Most of these injuries occur in children under 17 – many of them the result of sports. As someone who grew up playing 5 different sports – I am not encouraging any parent to take their child off the team, only to know the stats.
Between 2008 and 2010, over 2,500 children were treated in South Carolina’s hospitals for a sports-related TBI. Since many young athletes are diagnosed by athletic trainers and never see a doctor, the actual number of sports-related head injuries is probably much higher. When playing sports for their school, in a league, or just for fun, make sure your children understand the importance of wearing proper equipment and playing by the rules.
A traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone. Victims and their families do not have to feel alone. I am here to answer your questions and provide help. If you want more information, or would like to discuss a case, call me today at (803) 790-2800.