November 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- A traumatic brain injury can instantly impact a person's life
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries every year in the United States.
Otherwise known as TBIs, traumatic brain injuries are a factor in almost one-third of all injury-related fatalities in the U.S. In fact, the CDC reports that from 2002 through 2006, there were 52,000 deaths each year, on average, attributed to TBIs. However, even in instances in which TBIs do not lead to death, many victims face a lifetime of TBI-related disabilities - including roughly 5.3 million people in the U.S. alone.
Dangers associated with brain injuries
TBIs often occur when a victim suffers a violent blow to the head or when a foreign object penetrates his or her skull. For instance, TBIs are commonly suffered during severe car accidents as victims are flung about the wreckage. However, a traumatic brain injury
can be caused during any type of serious accident.
There are generally two major classifications of TBIs: severe TBIs and mild TBIs, which are often referred to as concussions. In the case of severe TBIs, many victims may experience long-term issues that can impact both cognitive and motor functions. For example, victims of severe TBIs may encounter difficulty with memory as well as impaired balance and coordination.
Even TBIs in which the skull remains intact - otherwise known as "closed" TBIs - can be dangerous since the brain can suffer significant injuries in several areas as it moves back and forth in the skull. A closed TBI can result in changes to a victim's internal body functions, such as bowel and bladder control or the regulation of body temperature.
It is important to note, however, that despite the misleading nature of the name, mild TBIs can also be extremely dangerous. Indeed, symptoms related to mild TBIs can linger for days or even months. These symptoms can include difficulty in concentrating or thinking, as well as headaches and blurred vision. These symptoms are particularly concerning given the fact that mild TBIs account for approximately 75 percent of all TBIs suffered.
Seek assistance if a victim of a TBI
Sadly, TBIs can alter a person's entire existence in a matter of moments. However, no two brain injuries are exactly the same. TBIs can be complex with a wide array of symptoms and disabilities. Even mild TBIs can have disastrous results on both the victim and his or her family.
Consequently, it is always best to contact an experienced personal injury attorney if you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due any type of mishap, including car accidents. It is vital to speak to an attorney who is adept at listening to clients and caregivers, working with doctors and demonstrating the effects of this truly life-altering injury.
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