The number of emergency room visits in this country for traumatic brain injuries are on the rise.

According to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the number of ER visits for patients seeking treatment for a traumatic brain injury jumped 29 percent between 2006 and 2010. During that same period, total emergency room visits increased just 3.6 percent.

Examining records from 950 hospitals, the researchers focused on ER visits for concussions, cerebral lacerations and contusions, skull fractures, and other head injuries. Concussions, increasing by 22 percent, experienced the largest rise of any specific type of brain jury. According to the study, children under the age of 3 and adults over 60 had the largest increases for TBI emergency visits in the four-year period.

Regardless of the reasons why and the age groups most affected, the increase in potential traumatic brain injuries should be troubling, due to the potentially dangerous and deadly consequences of TBIs.

Consequences of traumatic brain injuries can range from short-term loss of consciousness to severe, life-long damage. Those with a traumatic brain injury may have their lives changed in an instant; no longer able do even the simplest of tasks.

Those with a TBI are 3 Times More Likely to Die by Age 56

A study published earlier this year also highlights the life-threatening aspects of traumatic brain injuries. According to the research, those who have suffered a TBI are up to three times more likely to die young – before the age of 56. Researchers categorized this as dying prematurely.

The study included almost 220,000 patients who suffered a traumatic brain injury. Researchers studied death rates for victims who died at least six months after suffering the injury. They found that those with a traumatic brain jury died prematurely at a rate three times higher than people without any TBI history.

The researchers also examined the family histories of TBI victims and found that those with a traumatic brain injury were 2.6 times more likely to die young than their siblings who had no such injury.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can occur from any variety of mishaps, including motor vehicle crashes,work site accidents, and surgical errors. Now we know, however, that TBIs are not only life altering, but more likely to be life-threatening.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident caused by someone else, you may want to speak with an attorney who can pursue financial compensation from those responsible for life-long care and long-term, catastrophic consequences.