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Understanding the impact of a traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) cause approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths in the United States and are a major cause of death and disability. Each day, 138 victims die from injuries including TBIs. TBIs can lead to thinking impairments; movement impairments; hearing or vision impairments; and disrupted personality function such as personality changes or depression. The impact of a TBI can be felt by victims, their families and communities.

A traumatic brain injury is considered a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBIs can be open or closed injuries and their symptoms may or may not be immediately obvious such as following a car accident. Car accidents are the third leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. When a car accident victim has suffered a TBI because of a negligent driver or other negligent party, the driver or other party may be liable to compensate the victim for damages.

Because of the amount of support victims of TBIs, and their families, may require, it is important for victims and their families to be familiar with the legal resources available to help them receive compensation for the medical expenses associated with a TBI which may require future care. Victims may struggle to work and struggle financially as a result of the medical bills and lost-earning capacity a traumatic brain injury may cause. They may suffer from disability and require physical therapy among other healthcare needs.

The impact of a traumatic brain injury can be life-long and victims and families may need to be prepared to treat a TBI and cope with a traumatic brain injury well into the future. As a result, it is important they are aware that they may be able to receive compensation for the physical, financial and emotional impacts of a TBI.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "TBI: Get the Facts," Accessed Nov. 9, 2016

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