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Auto accidents are a common cause of traumatic brain injury

Most people in Charleston probably understand the seriousness of traumatic brain injury. Human life depends on proper brain function, and when a person suffers a brain injury, it can impact every facet of their daily life.

Traumatic brain injury is a type of impact or jolt to the head that harms normal brain function. Although most TBIs are mild, some can be severe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBI, either by itself or in conjunction with other injuries, led to 2.5 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations or deaths in a single year.

Among the causes of TBI, motor vehicle accidents were the third leading cause during the time period between 2006 and 2010. This was true for people of all age groups. Furthermore, automobile accidents were the second leading cause of TBIs that resulted in death. Moreover, for people between the ages of five and 24, motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death from TBI.

Although the CDC's numbers are now a few years old, TBI caused by motor vehicle crashes is still a problem today. This type of serious injury from an accident can cause effects that last for the remainder of the victim's life, assuming that the person survives the injury.

When someone else's negligence causes a car accident that leads to TBI, the negligent party will have legal liability to compensate the injured victim. No amount of money is worth the loss of brain function, but legal action can help victims and their families recover funds for medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.

Source: CDC.gov, "Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion," Accessed on June 24, 2016

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