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What are traumatic brain injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries can be the result of a serious head injury that can be suffered in a motorcycle, car, or other type of severe accident. Brain injuries can significantly disrupt the lives of victims, which is why car accident victims and their families should be familiar with what they are and how they can get help coping with the aftermath of such an occurrence.

Brain injuries can be the result of either open or closed head injuries. A traumatic brain injury is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury, that disrupts normal brain activity. Traumatic brain injuries can result in significant disability or death. During 2014, for instance, traumatic brain injuries resulted in 2.87 million in combined emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Also during 2014, an estimated 155 victims died each day due to injuries including traumatic brain injuries.

The impact of a traumatic brain injury on a victim can include impaired thinking, memory, movement, sensation, and emotional function. This can translate into difficulty concentrating and performing normal daily activities an individual could perform with ease prior to suffering the brain injury. It can also result in mood disruptions and changes in personality. All of this can make it difficult for brain injury victims to hold a job or maintain relationships with friends and family. Brain injuries can have a sweeping, and devastating, impact on victims, their families, and their communities.

In 2014, car accidents were the second leading cause of brain injuries. Because of the seriousness of brain injuries, it is important to recognize when a victim may be able to bring a claim for damages against a negligent driver who is responsible for causing the car accident that injured them. If successful, one of these claims can lead to the recovery of compensation for physical, financial and emotional damages. This may help a brain injury victim address their medical expenses, lost earnings, and their other needs following a brain injury.

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