Brain Injury versus Shark Attack

While shark attacks are certainly a frightening thought for surfers and other beachgoers in San Diego and across the Central Coast, a more sinister and probable threat is actually traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Brain injuries don’t make the headlines. They’re not sensational. They don’t invoke a primitive fear among beachgoers who look out onto the dark blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, but brain injuries are a serious and real threat. Even minor concussions can have lasting impacts on a person’s cognitive abilities. Playing contact sports, car accident, falling and a variety of other circumstances can cause TBI’s in children and adults.

Shark Attacks by the Numbers

• Each year more than 200 million people visit beaches in the U.S.
• From 2006 to 2010, there were 179 shark attacks on U.S. beaches.
• Only three of those attacks were fatal.
• Only 14 of those attacks occurred in California.

Brain Injuries: Just the Facts

• Each year, at least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur across the U.S.
• Traumatic brain injuries are a contributing factor in 30.5 percent of all injury-related deaths in the U.S.
• Approximately 75 percent of all TBI’s that occur each year are concussions or other mild forms of brain injury.
• Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries but result in the largest percentage of TBI-related deaths.
• In 2000, direct and indirect medical costs of traumatic brain injuries totaled an estimated $76.5 billion in the U.S.

After a Brain Injury

Shark attack victims often have visible scars and wild tales of rescue or escape. They sometimes lose limbs or have jagged scars, and everybody can see that they’ve been attacked by a shark. Brain injuries are much less visible. Most brain injuries don’t leave behind a visible scar. Friends, coworkers and acquaintances may not know about your injury. Brain injuries do leave behind difficult and sometimes devastating mental scars. The cognitive, memory or emotional impacts of a brain injury can be difficult to explain to people who can’t see a visible scar left behind by an injury. After a concussion or any mild, moderated or severe brain injury, seek medical attention immediately. Even mild concussions can leave lasting effects. If you’re suffering from a traumatic brain injury, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

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