A study focusing on brain injuries in New Hampshire shows an alarming increase in recent years, with thousands more people winding up in that state’s emergency rooms. Data compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services revealed an increase in traumatic brain injuries nearly doubling from 2001 to 2009, with ER visits rising from 6,514 to 12,306. Half of those patients were younger than 24, with incidents ranging from car accidents to sports injuries. Despite the dramatic increase in injuries, the number of deaths rose only slightly only in the period, due to advances in medicine and technology, though many of the survivors suffered permanent disabilities. One other finding of the report: Males were much more likely than females to die of brain injuries. Learn more about brain injuries or contact a brain injury lawyer.