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Traumatic brain injury: Four things you need to know

According to the Centers for Disease Control, traumatic brain injury accounts for many deaths and disability cases each year.

Ranging from mild to severe, traumatic brain injuries (or TBIs) are caused by blows, bumps, jolts or other head injuries that disrupt the normal function of the brain, according to the CDC.

Traumatic brain injuries affect about 1.7 million Americans each year. About 52,000 people die.

To learn more about traumatic brain injuries, read on:

Causes

The leading cause of traumatic brain injury, according to the CDC, is a fall. The second leading cause was getting hit or struck by an object, followed by motor vehicle crashes. However, traumatic brain injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes are more likely to cause death.

Treatment

Depending on the severity of the traumatic brain injury, there are different levels of care and treatment options. Many mild cases don’t require treatment other than rest or pain medicine, according to the Mayo Clinic. More severe cases might require surgery or hospitalization.

Rehabilitation might also be required if a traumatic brain injury was moderate to severe. The patient might have to learn to walk, talk and perform daily tasks again.

Recovery

Recovering from a traumatic brain injury is possible; however, it can be a challenging and long journey. It can take weeks, months or even years and can put stress and strain not only on the patient but his or her friends and family. Many people recover and can be the same person they were before the injury. However, some cannot.

Prevention

Many traumatic brain injuries can be prevented. Since falls are a common cause of traumatic brain injuries, reducing the risk of tripping and falling in your home should be done – especially if you or someone you love is elderly.

Other ways you can prevent traumatic brain injury is to always use seatbelts and airbags in your car and make sure children are properly restrained. Always use a helmet when riding a bicycle, motorcycle or other all-terrain vehicle and use head protection when playing contact sports.

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If you or someone you love has experienced a traumatic brain injury, call our team of experts today to ensure your rights are protected.