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Hinsdale personal injury attorneyIf you or someone you love has been in an automobile accident, it is critical that you receive an examination from a qualified healthcare professional. This not only protects you in the event that a lawsuit or claim may be necessary but it also ensures that any injuries are promptly treated. In some situations, this can mean the difference between life and death, especially in the case of a traumatic brain injury.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is caused when one experiences a spike, blow, or serious jarring of the head. It causes the brain to swell, which can, in extreme cases, lead to death. In most other cases, however, traumatic brain injury causes issues with memory, cognition, coordination, and emotion. For example, a person with traumatic brain injury may:

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DuPage County personal injury attorneyBy now, we have all heard about the dangers of concussions and brain injuries. We realize the importance of seeking prompt medical care following an accident in which head injuries are suspected. We have seen one competitive athlete after another struggling to deal with and ultimately succumbing to problems associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), following long careers of repeated hits to the head and often multiple concussions.

With all of the caution and warnings—not to mention increased technology in helmets and protective gear—many parents and youth sports coaches are confident that they can prevent most concussions and effectively limit the damage when one does occur. A new, small-scale study suggests, however, that the dangers may be even worse than most people realize.

Changes Without a Diagnosable Traumatic Event

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DuPage County personal injury attorneyAuto accidents are among the leading causes of brain injuries, accounting for approximately 14 percent of all non-fatal concussions and about 26 percent of all brain injury fatalities. With more than 2.5 million cases per year, that “small” percentage equates to thousands of TBI sufferers each year. If you have experienced an auto-accident-related brain injury, the following information will help you understand the risks and your right to compensation.

Brain Injuries Are Often Lasting and Serious Injuries

Each year, around 2.5 million people visit the emergency room for a traumatic brain injury (TBI). More than 50,000 of those result in death. The remainder eventually recover, but to varying degrees and over an unpredictable timeline. Some take months; others take years. Then, there are those who never fully recover. Their memory or cognitive abilities may be permanently impaired, or they may suffer from sensitivity to lights and sound. Others are unable to read or long periods of time, or stare at a screen for more than a few minutes, which can greatly hinder their ability to work.

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