Brain Injuries are a Leading Cause of Death or Permanent Disability
Brain injuries are among the most likely types of injury to cause death or permanent disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), acute trauma at work remains a leading cause of death and permanent disability among U.S. workers.
Causes and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by a blow or jolt to the head and can disrupt the normal function of the brain. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury vary from mild, resulting in a brief change in mental status, to severe, resulting in an extended period of unconsciousness. A traumatic brain injury can also cause prolonged amnesia after the injury as well as short and long term disabilities.
Types of Brain Injury
The Brain Injury Association of Texas (BIATX ) states that brain injury is known as the “silent epidemic” because so little is known about this type of injury. Some types of brain injury include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
- Brain Tumor
- Cerebral Aneurysm
- Epilepsy and Seizures
1.7 million Americans suffer a brain injury each year. Traumatic Brain Injury is the 4th leading cause of death, 1 ½ times more than AIDS, with a brain injury occurring every 21 seconds. Men between the ages of 14 – 24 have the highest risk of brain injury. Brain injury is also known as the “signature wound” of America’s current wars.
Brain injury can cause a neurological disease that may last a lifetime. Individuals that have suffered a traumatic brain injury may require rehabilitation along with medical management but many will go on to live normal healthy lives. An experienced personal injury attorney at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC will make sure that your rights are protected.
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