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Traumatic brain injuries can cause long-term consequences for Missouri car accident victims

January 18, 2013

Thumbnail image for 262490_ct_scans_1.jpgAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 1.7 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in the United States, and TBIs contributed to approximately one-third of all injury-related deaths. As our Springfield personal injury lawyers know, auto accidents are a leading cause of these debilitating injuries. In this post, we share a few facts and statistics concerning TBIs and the long-term effects they can have on injury victims.

Traumatic Brain Injuries: Facts for Missouri Car Accident Victims

• TBIs are caused by bumps, blows or jolts to the head, which commonly occur in motor vehicle collisions. There are two basic types of TBIs: penetrating head injuries, where a foreign object enters the brain; and closed head injuries, where the brain strikes the inside of the skull.

• All TBIs are different, depending on the circumstances that caused the injury, the severity of the injury, and the area of the brain that's been damaged. Accordingly, the symptoms and effects also vary widely from patient to patient.

• Symptoms of TBIs can include loss of consciousness, poor memory, headaches, dizziness, confusion, blurred vision, nausea, impaired speech, insomnia or sleep disruption, ringing in the ears, and emotional changes.

• TBI symptoms may not appear until days or even weeks after an injury occurs, so it's essential to seek medical treatment immediately following a head injury, even if you think you feel find.

• The Brain Injury Association of America reports that TBIs "can change the way a person thinks, acts, feels, and moves the body. Brain injury can also change the complex internal functions of the body, such as regulating body temperature; blood pressure; bowel and bladder control. These changes can be temporary or permanent." The CDC concurs, pointing out that TBIs can result in several long or short term changes in a victim's thinking, sensation, language and emotion.

• TBIs can also be accompanied by numerous psychological challenges, including anxiety, anger and depression. They can also increase a victim's chances of developing additional neurological conditions, including epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other brain disorders.

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Help Available For Traumatic Brain Injury Car Accident Victims in Springfield, Missouri

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for istockphoto_14271352-headache.jpgA traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most catastrophic injuries anyone can ever sustain. The leading cause of TBI in Springfield, Republic, West Plains and the rest of Missouri is auto accidents. In fact, according to Springfield car accident lawyer, Aaron Sachs, a TBI occurs every 15 seconds in this country and is actually a leading cause of death for persons under age 45. Currently there are approximately 5 million Americans currently suffering with some form of TBI disability.

Experienced Springfield car crash lawyers will tell you that traumatic brain injury can be mild to severe, based on the amount of trauma that was sustained in the auto accident. It is vital for a person who may have suffered a brain injury in a Springfield motor vehicle accident to seek immediate medical treatment for condition evaluation and stabilization.

A sad statistic is that 200,000-300,000 brain injury victims require extensive medical treatment and hospitalization each year.

If you or a loved one is suffering with TBI, don't go it alone. There is community support available that can make all the difference in coping with this trauma. If you need legal advice, be sure to contact an attorney experienced in brain injury cases. Contact the Springfield Brain Injury Attorneys of Aaron Sachs and Associates for a free consultation, no pressure or obligation at 417-889-1400.

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