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Head & Brain Injuries

Each year over 1.5 million people suffer from head and brain injuries in the United States, alone. To put that into some perspective, that is more than 6 times the number of people who will be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, suffered a spinal cord injury, contract HIV/AIDS, and be diagnosed with breast cancer, combined. It is estimated there are more than 5 million Americans currently living with the effects of head and brain injuries who require some sort of assistance in their day-to-day lives. And head and brain injuries are known to be responsible for over 55,000 deaths in the United States each year.  That’s an average of around 155 people per day succumbing to traumatic brain injury (TBI).

X-ray image of the brain computed tomography

Brain Injuries in Children

According to the CDC’s facts about TBI, over 800,000 children received emergency department treatment for traumatic brain injuries in 2014 (the most recent year for which data is available).   As such, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of brain injury in children.  If you notice your child suffering from any of the conditions below, it is important to seek prompt medical attention:

1.  Listlessness, tiring easily
2.  Irritability, crankiness
3.  Change in eating or sleeping patterns
4.  Change in the way they play
5.  Change in the way they perform or act at school
6.  Lack of interest in favorite toys
7.  Loss of new skills, such as toilet training
8.  Loss of balance, unsteady walking

Suffering a brain injury can be traumatic enough. Having to wade through hospital bills, treatment plans, finding the right doctor, and wondering if someone is responsible for your injury all by yourself is never a good idea. It helps to have the right information and a trusted and experienced advocate at your side.

Traumatic Brain Injury Assistance

In order to help you and your family, The Legal Examiner has put together a series of articles about Head and Brain Injuries.

First, we have put together an article with the major causes of head and brain injuries and how you can help to prevent them. Next, we have compiled information on the major types of head and brain injuries and what kinds of accidents cause them. Then we look a little more in-depth at those types of head and brain injuries and what you should know about their cause, treatment, and the legal process.

The information in this head and brain injury legal guide has been arranged into the following sections:

In each of these articles, you will find expert analysis, key strategies, and bottom-line advice to help you stay safe and navigate through the challenging process from the scene of the accident all the way to a successful resolution of all the issues that come from even minor brain injuries.

Chart: Major Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
This chart containing data from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control shows that three leading causes of traumatic brain injuries are: slip & Falls (28%), motor vehicle accidents (20%), and being struck by an object (19%)


Brain Injury Symptoms, Effects, and Other Related Topics

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury