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Why are traumatic brain injuries so serious?

Traumatic brain injuries are serious injuries that can affect a person's life in a variety of ways. In some of the accidents we have covered, traumatic brain injuries have occurred. Our Wisconsin readers might like to know some basic information about traumatic brain injuries.

Do TBIs cause deaths?

Traumatic brain injuries are one of the factors in around 30 percent of all injury-related deaths in this country, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While that might seem shocking, it might shock our readers even more to know that those deaths are only a small sliver of the story when it comes to TBIs.

What is the economic impact of TBIs?

The cost of treating TBIs is high, especially when you consider that many people with severe TBIs need long-term care that includes hospitalization. The CDC notes that the estimated 2.5 million TBIs that occurred in 2010 alone are estimated to have an economic impact of around $76.5 billion.

Why are TBIs so costly?

TBIs can affect almost every aspect of a person's life. They can also affect the entire family of the victim. Changes in emotional status, sensation, cognitive function and motor function are all possible with a TBI. These can affect how victims interact with others, as well as their ability to care for themselves.

Any blow to the head or jarring of the head can cause a TBI. When a TBI occurs, the victim is likely to rack up considerable medical costs. They have the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party to help reduce the impact the TBI has on their finances.

Source: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Severe Traumatic Brain Injury" Oct. 29, 2014

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