The Causes & Effects of a Brain Injury

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 3:45pm PDT

Unfortunately, the number of people that sustain a serious brain injury each year remains at an astounding rate. Statistics show that around 1.4 million people suffer a brain injury each year in the United States, and that around 5.3 million suffer the effects of brain damage. Because of the catastrophic nature of a brain injury, nearly 50,000 of these people subsequently die of their injuries, as well. The way in which an individual can sustain an injury of this magnitude, and the type of damage that is subsequently suffered, is dependent on the circumstances of the accident. Most commonly, a traumatic brain injury occurs when an individual is struck with a serious amount of force in the head.

This can happen in a multitude of ways. One of the ways in which an injury of this nature can occur is in a workplace accident. When retaining employment in a hazardous line of work, like construction, for example, the potential to slip and fall or to be struck by a falling object is severely heightened. Also, being involved in a serious auto accident is another leading cause of brain injury. According to the Centre for Neuro Skills, "traumatic brain injury (TBI) can significantly affect many cognitive, physical, and psychological skills," including "balance, coordination, fine motor skills, strength, and endurance," and anyone that has been forced to endure a brain injury will likely never be the same again.

If you have suffered a brain injury at the hands of a reckless driver or in a negligently caused workplace accident, you should know that you have rights. You may be entitled to claim compensation for your catastrophic injuries, as an injury of this nature requires extensive medical care and rehabilitative treatment. You should not be forced to manage these costs alone in addition to the pain and suffering that you have inevitably endured, so do not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to see what options are available to you.

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