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A look at the impact of brain injuries

There is a significant amount of information to be aware of when facing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which can be overwhelming for victims and family members struggling during an already difficult time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are an estimated 2.5 million traumatic brain injuries each year that lead to emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths. In addition, TBIs can lead to disability and significant future challenges.

It is important to keep in mind that all traumatic brain injuries are different, however, they are all commonly complicated and costly to treat. Victims of TBIs require access to a number of different types of medical treatment and medical providers. Victims of TBIs may require a range of medical care including emergency medical care, surgical medical care, rehabilitative medical care, neurological care, counseling care, personal attendant care and other types of care depending on the circumstances. In addition, TBI victims may be prescribed a number of medications.

The rehabilitation process for a TBI is likely lifelong and can include physical therapy, cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, occupational therapy and recreational therapy. TBIs can create disruptions to the victim's physical, personal, emotional, occupational and financial life. In-home care may also be necessary which can place a burden on families. Because many victims of TBI struggle with long-lasting disabling injuries, victims may be able to recover damages for the physical, financial and emotional harm they have suffered.

Because car accidents are one of the leading causes of TBIs, it is important for victims of TBIs and their families to be familiar with the wide variety of resources available to them when they have been harmed by a negligent driver. Legal options are available to help victims and families of TBIs with the ongoing challenges that following a traumatic brain injury.

Source:, "Population Specific Fact Sheet," Accessed July 13, 2016

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