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Traumatic brain injuries can have long-lasting impact on life

For those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, March is a special month, as it is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. According to BrainTrauma.org, traumatic brain injuries are responsible for more than 50,000 deaths a year. For people between the ages of 1 and 44, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability. Traumatic brain injuries impact the lives of many accident victims and victims of physician negligence all over Pennsylvania. These injuries also have a profound effect on those responsible for the care of these victims.

Traumatic brain injuries can be mild, moderate, or severe. But even the mildest TBI can have a profound impact on your life. While men are twice as likely as females to experience a TBI, both women and men can experience TBIs. In fact, it is approximated that nearly 2 percent of the U.S population has a disability as the result of a TBI.

One woman who suffered from a mild TBI after falling on ice has dealt with personality changes, confusion, changes in energy levels, and difficulties with multitasking. Getting used to life after a TBI can be challenging and can involve relearning basic everyday skills. Another common problem is that the person suffering from the effects of a mild TBI appears to be healthy and "normal" but has difficulties others cannot see. Regardless of whether a TBI is mild or severe, the consequences are serious.

With all of the financial, physical, mental, and emotional challenges a traumatic brain injury can bring you and your family, it is important to know that whoever is responsible for the injury can be held liable for damages.

Source: Huffington Post, "Life With a TBI: March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month," Amy Zellmer, Mar. 1, 2015

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