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How do traumatic brain injuries affect Virginians?

For many Virginians, it will only be when they or a loved one suffer a brain injury that they will think about the importance of a fully functioning brain. Unfortunately, once a brain injury occurs, a Virginian's utter reliance on a healthy brain becomes all too obvious.

A traumatic brain injury can ultimately lead to permanent disability or even death. The number of those people who suffer from brain injuries every year are staggering. According to the CDC, approximately 1.7 million people have traumatic brain injuries every year. The CDC estimates that annually, approximately 52,000 of these people die from their traumatic brain injuries and 275,000 people are hospitalized. Even more, an estimated 1,365,000 people visit emergency rooms following head injuries and are released after treatment.

Most commonly, traumatic brain injuries occur in the form of mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions. When victims die from their traumatic brain injuries, it is most often due to an injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident, though falls are the most common overall cause of traumatic brain injuries.

Alarmingly, some of the most vulnerable age groups are the young and the old. The CDC reports that young children from infancy to age four, as well as teenagers from 15 to 19, and adults age 65 or older are the most likely victims of traumatic brain injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, you are likely dealing with extensive medical expenses. An attorney may be able to offer guidance regarding options for obtaining compensation if an injury was caused by another's negligence.

Source: CDC, "Get Stats on Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States," accessed June 17, 2016

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