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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Update: Major Increase in Concussion Diagnoses in US

by John Gomez | Last Updated: October 13, 2016
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Many people refer to a concussion as a mild traumatic brain injury.  That may be accurate in some situations.  However, research is coming out  that may show that concussions are anything but mild.  Several studies show that even one concussion can have a lasting negative impact, particularly on a young person.  As such, when statistics regarding concussions are reveal an enormous spike in the number of diagnoses, it should create concern.  Blue Cross Blue Shield recently released a concussion report.  A mild traumatic brain injury epidemic may be developing, and parents should be aware of this situation.  This knowledge may help them make sound decisions regarding the safety of their children.  Some details from the report appear below.

About the Concussion Diagnosis Report

Blue Cross Blue Shield Recently Released its Health of America report.  Those interested in reading it can find it here.  The report detailed the number of concussions that were diagnosed between 2010 and 2015 in the United States.  The results are quite troubling.  Overall, the number of concussion diagnoses increased by a factor of 43 percent between 2010 and 2015.  Concussion diagnoses increased by a factor of 71 percent during the same timeframe for patients between the ages of 10 and 19.  81 percent of all concussion patients were also diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.

In addition to these troubling data, the report also stated that:

  • Males between the ages of 10 and 19 were nearly 50 percent more likely to be diagnosed with a concussion than females in the same age group.
  • Autumn is the most dangerous season for boys.  The concussion rate is nearly twice during the fall than it is during any other season.
  • Females aged of 20 to 64 accounted for 61.3 percent of all post-concussion syndrome diagnoses, nearly twice that of males.
  • 18.8 per 1,000 people between the ages of 15 and 17 were diagnosed with concussions between 2010 and 2015, the highest of any age group by far.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Information

This report should tell us several things.  Clearly, concussion/mild traumatic brain injury awareness is on the rise, which is a good thing.  We know that because it’s clear that more people appear to be obtaining medical attention for a possible mild traumatic brain injury now than in years past.  It should also tell us that boys between the ages of 10 and 19 are facing a high level of risk for concussions and that post-concussion syndrome is a distinct possibility for anyone who suffers this type of an injury.

What this report should also tell us is that when people suffer a concussion because of the faulty actions of someone else, they should take action.  Every mild traumatic brain injury can inflict long-term damage on a patient, and that patient could face years of struggle as a result.  If you or someone you love has suffered a concussion because of someone else’s actions, seek the help of traumatic brain injury lawyers who have been standing up for the rights of those harmed for more than a decade.  Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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