Guns and gun laws have dominated political discussions in the wake of the tragic The Dark Knight Rises shooting in Aurora, Colorado. An armored shooter opened fire on a crowd gathered to watch the first midnight showing of the new Batman movie, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 more. Gun sales have reportedly increased following the massacre, and regardless of laws, we must be mindful of the injuries guns can cause, including traumatic brain injuries or TBIs.
People in urban areas, people aged 25-34 and males are most likely to have traumatic brain injuries caused by gunshots, which are classified as penetrating head injuries. Overall, gunshots cause 12 percent of TBIs in the United States, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. In most cases (more than 90 percent), gunshot wounds to the head are fatal. Additionally:
- About half the survivors of gunshot-related head wounds will develop some form of epilepsy
- Gunshot wounds make up 35 percent of TBI deaths
- Survivors may lose memory and senses, as shown in the video above
If you know someone who is suffering from a TBI, please visit our website to learn more about traumatic brain injuries. The recovery process can be slow and frustrating (not to mention expensive), but we might be able to help you seek justice against the negligent or guilty party. Give us a call at (866) 377-3800 to discuss your options at no charge.
The Metier Law Firm, LLC – Denver accident attorneys