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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 attorneyOften caused by jarring or a blow to the head, traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects approximately 1.7 million people per year. The statistics for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are a little less concrete since not all cases are diagnosed. However, it is estimated that around eight percent of all Americans, or about 24.4 million people suffer from the condition. Many are victims of assault or war, but experts now believe that those who experience a TBI may be more likely to also experience PTSD. What does this mean for accident victims?

Understanding the Potential Link

Scientists have long suspected there may be a link between TBI and PTSD, and a growing body of evidence suggests they may be correct. One such study was one conducted on war veterans who had experienced a blast while deployed. In it, researchers found that TBI sufferers were twice as likely to also develop PTSD. Unfortunately, no one has understood the correlation between the two. A study on laboratory rats offers some insight.

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DuPage County personal injury attorneysAs children grow up, parents have a myriad of situations to worry about. But, if you have a trustworthy teen who knows to make good choices, the anxiety levels may ease slightly. Unfortunately, though, life is not always as simple as a smart choice. Fate has a way of presenting circumstances which cannot always be avoided and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur frequently in car accidents involving youth. In fact, young adults aged between 15 and 24 have the highest proportion of TBI-related hospitalizations due to motor vehicle-related events.

If your son or daughter has been involved in a car accident and suffered a serious brain injury you should consider your legal options. If the negligence on the part of someone else contributed to the accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. With the exorbitant costs of urgent medical care and long terms rehabilitation and physical therapy costs, a financial settlement can help ease the burden on families coping with their new normal. A personal injury attorney with catastrophic injury experience is the sensible place to start.

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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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