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Traumatic brain injury can have long-term impacts

Each day, more than 130 people pass away as a result of injuries, including injuries to the brain. Individuals in West Virginia and elsewhere who are fortunate enough to live after suffering traumatic brain injury unfortunately do not always escape unscathed. Severe and even moderate cases of brain injury can lead to lifelong problems.

Injury to the brain is one of the United States' leading causes of disability and death. In fact, it contributes to around 30 percent of injury deaths. Traumatic brain injury is so prevalent because it can occur as a result of incidents that might not seem traumatic at first glance.

Falls are among the top causes of traumatic brain injury, accounting for about 40 percent of these types of injuries from 2006 to 2010. Motor vehicle crashes are another common cause, leading to about 14 percent of these injuries. Brain injury is not a type of injury from which a patient can effortlessly heal. Even mild injury cases can lead to decreased cognitive performance, both in the long term and in the short term.

In some cases, a victim's traumatic brain injury in West Virginia is the result of another party's negligence. In such a situation, the other party may be held financially responsible, or liable, for the brain injury. The victim may opt to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party, seeking the reimbursement of damages. A monetary award in a successfully fought claim may help with addressing ongoing health care costs and other losses stemming from the brain injury.

Source:, "Traumatic brain injuries: The long-lasting impact of impact", Jan. 23, 2018

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