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5 Reasons Why Men are at Higher Risk of Brain Injury

The devastation a traumatic brain injury causes may last a lifetime, with men being at a much higher risk for experiencing such an event than women. Statistics suggest that one of the reasons is because men are much more likely to engage in activities that might result in accidents with traumatic results.

Some estimates suggest that men are three times more likely to experience a brain injury than women. Groups like the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest that men regularly engage in behaviors that are much more likely to result in injury and damage to the head or brain than the activities regularly engaged in by women.

1. Dangerous jobs

Industrial jobs and construction jobs have some of the highest rates of injury for any type of employment. Men are much more likely to be employed in occupations that require work on a construction site or where heavy machinery is used that may present a danger to the operator. Despite a host of safety regulations regarding construction work, such employment is still incredibly dangerous.

2. Risky sports

Although there are a few women who have managed to play on high school football teams, most players are men. Professional football teams and other high-contact professional sports are also composed primarily of men. Football and other intense contact sports like wrestling and motor sports have high rates of injury associated with them. Women are not as likely to participate in dangerous, high-contact sports.

3. Going to war

Women are certainly a larger presence on the battlefield in modern war than they were in past decades, but it remains much more common for men to be the individuals who go to war. Injuries due to time spent in a warzone and in foreign conflicts (as well as domestic work on the police force) mean men have an increased chance to experience a traumatic brain injury.

4. Raucous behavior

The idea that men engage in irresponsible behavior more often than women might seem sexist, however, using firearms alongside activities like partying and using alcohol is very common for men. Using a firearm isn't inherently dangerous unless there is reckless behavior engaged in at the same time. It's not unexpected that drunken revelry and firearms might produce a dangerous environment where head injuries could occur.

5. Reckless driving

An incredible number of traumatic brain injuries stem from driving automobiles and accidents involving other types of vehicles like bicycles and motorcycles. One of the reasons why men typically pay more money for car insurance is because they are more likely to be involved in an accident that results in a traumatic injury to the brain. Men tend to have more speeding tickets and moving violations for reckless driving than women.

Obtaining medical assistance immediately upon experiencing such an injury is essential to ensure the best possible chance for survival and the potential for recovery. In certain circumstances, it might behoove a victim or his family to speak with a lawyer specializing in brain injury to see if legal action might be an option.

Workers' Compensation Law Firm Profiles

R. Mack Babcock

Meet Colorado Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury
and Insurance Dispute Attorney R. Mack Babcock

Prior to founding The Babcock Law Firm, LLC, R. Mack Babcock spent many years on the other side of workers' compensation, car accidents, personal injury and insurance disputes representing some of the largest insurance companies and corporations in Colorado as an attorney at a midsize insurance defense firm.

Babcock is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and the Workers' Compensation Educational Association. In early 2008, he was elected as the Colorado House District 43 Committee Chairperson for the Douglas County Colorado Democratic Party.

In connection with this position, he is responsible for finding a candidate(s) to run for House District 43, overseeing the campaign(s), organizing volunteers, and also sits on the executive committee for the Douglas County Democratic Party.

Gerber & Holder Workers' Compensation Attorneys

Meet Atlanta's Top Workers' Compensation and Work Injury Attorneys

In 2018, two widely respected attorneys joined forces to establish Gerber & Holder Attorneys at Law, an Atlanta-based workers' compensation law firm dedicated to protecting injured workers in Georgia. Together, Ben Gerber and Thomas Holder bring an impressive resume of combined skills, knowledge, resources and experience to work for individuals suffering from a work-related accident such as back and neck injuries, spinal cord trauma, head and brain injuries, construction accidents, car accidents, truck accidents and other catastrophic injuries.

Both attorneys have an impressive history of success in workers' compensation cases with over 50 years of combined experience practicing law in Georgia. Their accomplishments include recognitions from Super Lawyers, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, AV Martindale-Hubbell, Avvo, the Atlanta Bar Association, Knights of the Bar, the Lawyers' Foundation of Georgia and others. Ben Gerber also appeared as a guest on the radio show Atlanta Legal Experts. He's also an active member of the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claimant’s Lawyers (WCCL) board, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.