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What should victims know about traumatic brain injuries?

Many people may have heard the term traumatic brain injury but wondered what it refers to. Traumatic brain injuries are a serious concern for victims and contribute to approximately 30 percent of injury-related deaths in the United States. Each day in the U.S., 138 victims die from injuries including traumatic brain injuries. Overall, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a serious cause of death and disability in the U.S. and surviving victims may be left facing disabilities that can last a lifetime.

The challenges victims of TBIs face impact them, their families and communities. A traumatic brain injury can impact the physical, cognitive and emotional function of the victim. They may experience deficits of memory; movement; sensation, such as vision or hearing; and emotional function including personality changes, mood disruptions and anxiety. Traumatic brain injuries result from a bump or blow to the head and can be open or closed injuries.

In addition, traumatic brain injuries can range in severity which can impact the medical expenses associated with the injury as well as the other damages victims may suffer. From 2006 to 2010, car accidents were the second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. During 2010, approximately 2.5 million visits to emergency rooms, hospitalizations and deaths were associated with TBIs and TBIs contributed to the deaths of greater than 50,000 victims.

Fortunately, because a TBI may be costly to treat, result in the victim's inability to work and cause significant pain and suffering to the victim and the victim's family, personal injury legal protections are available to help victims of TBI and their families. It is important for victims and their families to be familiar with ways the personal injury legal process can help with the physical, financial and emotional costs and impact of a traumatic brain injury.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "TBI: Get the Facts," Accessed Feb. 2, 2017

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