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U.S. citizens suffer traumatic brain injuries every 21 seconds

One of the most serious injuries a victim can suffer following a car crash or slip-and-fall accident is a brain injury. Brain injuries can result in lifelong complications for victims and they may suffer loss of appetite, headaches, speech impediments and memory loss — along with a myriad of other symptoms. These lifelong complications may result in a lifetime of medical treatment. Whether this is speech therapy or psychological care, these treatments can prove to be financially draining. When another party’s negligence contributed to the brain injury, victims may be able to pursue monetary compensation to help with these costs.

New York residents may be interested in some alarming brain injury statistics. According to statistics recently distributed, a person in the United States suffers a TBI — that is, a traumatic brain injury — every 21 seconds. Every year 400,000 are treated, 250,000 are hospitalized and 7,000 children die from brain injuries.

Brain injuries can be particularly devastating for children. Behavioral problems that lead to troubles in a child’s education are common. Cognitive and learning deficiencies can make schooling difficult for these children.

One of the more common ways a child is inflicted with a traumatic brain injuries is in a bicycle accident. An article recently released details the story of a seven-year-old who was struck by a car while riding his bicycle. Following the crash, the boy suffered with difficulties expressing language, as well as numerous physical symptoms such as muscular tightness and general bodily weaknesses.

When a brain injury is caused by another’s negligence, victims have rights. They may be able to pursue legal action against the negligent party. A successful negligence lawsuit can help victims secure compensation that can help with the myriad medical expenses that inevitably result from brain injuries.

Source: Barista Kids, “More Than a Bump on the Head: Brain Injury,” Emily Klein, March 25, 2014