Catastrophic Injury Statistics for Texas
Suffering any type of injury can be devastating, but there are certain injuries that will truly change your life and that you will be unable to ever fully recover from. These types of injuries are known as “catastrophic injuries.”
At the Law Offices of Kevin Krist, we have more than 25 years of experience representing individuals throughout Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas who have suffered catastrophic injuries. If you have been the victim of a serious injury as a result of negligence or intentional misconduct, contact us today to learn more about how we can help. Simply call 281-677-3962 or use the firm’s online form. You’ll hear back from Mr. Krist within 24 hours.
You can also learn more about catastrophic injuries in Texas by reviewing the statistics below.
Causes of Injury
- The Texas Department of State Health Services provides data on the causes of injury hospitalization as well as on injuries that lead to death. According to their statistics, the top five injuries that cause hospitalization include falls; motor vehicle and traffic accidents; intentional assault; other transportation injuries and being struck by an object.
- The Department of Transportation reported 59,919 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2011, and 79,573 people sustained serious injuries in these accidents.
- The Texas Department of Insurance reports that an estimated 2,000 workers per day suffer eye injuries that can cause blindness throughout the United States. These injuries result in an estimated $924 million in workers’ compensation payouts.
- The Hearing Health Foundation reports that one out of every five Americans has hearing loss in at least one ear. For 26 million Americans between ages 20 and 69, this hearing loss was caused by exposure to loud noises.
- The Centers for Disease Control report that 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work and that an additional 9 million are exposed to ototoxic chemicals. More than $242 million is spent each year providing workers’ comp benefits to those suffering hearing loss.
- The Centers for Disease Control indicate that, on average, someone dies in a fire every 169 minutes and someone is injured in a fire every 30 minutes. The CDC also reports that there were more than 384,000 home fires in the U.S. in 2010 and that 85 percent of all fire-related deaths occur in the home.
- The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center provides a number of statistics on fires and burn injuries. According to provided information, the leading cause of home fires and related injuries is cooking equipment at home. However, the most common cause of product-related burns to children come from hair curlers, curling irons, room heaters, irons, ovens, gas and fireworks.
- The National Limb Loss Information Center has compiled a fact sheet of statistics on limb loss. According to the fact sheet, upper-limb amputations are more common with trauma-related amputations, while lower-limb amputations are more common when the amputation occurs due to problems with blood vessels or other vascular diseases.
- According to Limb Loss Awareness, there are an estimated 2 million people in the U.S. who are living with a limb loss. Each year, an average of 185,000 amputations occur in the U.S., and 45 percent of the limb loss cases are caused by trauma.
Partial Paralysis, Spinal Cord Injuries, Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
- The National Spinal Cord Injury Center indicates that there were approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury each year, not including those who die at the scene of an accident. The NSCIC also provides additional facts and figures related to gender, race, ethnicity, causes of spinal cord injuries and the costs of spinal cord injury treatment.
- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation provides statistics on paralysis and spinal cord injuries, including information on the costs of treatment. For a patient with high tetraplegia, the costs of treating a spinal cord injury total $985,774 on average for the first year after the injury and $171,183 on average for each subsequent year.
- Gridiron Heroes reports that an average of three high school football players suffer serious spinal cord injuries each year in Texas.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
- The Texas Brain Injury Association reports that more than 144,000 Texans suffer a traumatic brain injury each year and that more than 5,700 Texans become permanently disabled as a result of a disability caused by a TBI.
- The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 1.7 million people throughout the United States sustain a TBI each year and that TBI is a contributing factor of 30.5 percent of all injury-related deaths in the United States.
Other Injury and Health Statistics
The following statistics and information provide details on health and injuries in Texas and throughout the United States:
- The Texas Department of Health Services provides comprehensive health data in Texas, including Texas health facts and vital statistics.
- The Centers for Disease Control provide mortality data, data on emergency room visits and general health and nutrition data for individuals throughout the United States.
- The Occupational Health and Safety Administration provides detailed statistics on accidents at work, as well as data on specific injuries and illnesses.
- The Research and Innovative Technology Administration Bureau of Transportation Statistics provides links to accident statistics related to aviation accidents, occupational injuries, crashes and other types of injuries.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides detailed information on rates of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses in Texas.
Contact Catastrophic Accident Lawyer Kevin Krist Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic accident in southeast Texas, including Houston, Harris County, Pasadena, Katy, Baytown, Sugar Land, Conroe or League City, contact Kevin Krist today for a free consultation about your case.
Call the Law Office of Kevin Krist at 281-677-3962 or use the firm’s online form.
Kevin Krist will schedule a free consultation to explain how he can put his personal, proven experience to work for you and your family, just as he’s done for hundreds of other serious accident victims. Kevin Krist represents personal injury victims on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no fees unless he recovers compensation on your claim.