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The serious nature of brain injuries and help for victims

Brain injuries are serious injuries that can be suffered in a car accident and can sometimes disrupt a victim's life forever. Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, are a significant cause of disability and death in the United States each year, contributing to 30 percent of all injury deaths. A total of 153 victims die each day in the United States due to injuries that include traumatic brain injuries.

During 2013, there were a total of 2.8 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths for traumatic brain injuries. Also during 2013, TBIs contributed to the deaths of nearly 50,000 victims and were diagnosed in 282,000 hospitalizations and 2.5 million emergency department visits. Traumatic brain injuries can result from a bump, blow or jolt to the head and can be open or closed injuries.

TBIs can be caused by a traumatic accident, such as a car accident. Car accidents are the third leading cause of traumatic brain injury-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths. For those victims who survive, traumatic brain injuries can result in: impaired thinking; impaired memory; impaired movement; impaired sensation, such as vision or hearing; and impaired emotional functioning, such as personality changes and depression.

The impact of a traumatic brain injury can be felt by not just victims, but their family members as well. Treatment of brain injuries commonly requires significant resources, which is why personal injury legal options are available to victims of car accidents who have suffered a brain injury to help them recover compensation for their damages from a negligent driver who was responsible for causing the accident.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "TBI: Get the Facts," Accessed Sept. 4, 2017

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