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How a traumatic brain injury can affect a victim's life

As most of us already know, the brain is the most complex and one of the most important organs in the human body. In order for us to think, act and function properly, we need a functioning human brain. Brain injuries throughout the United States are not uncommon, and serious or catastrophic brain injuries, often called traumatic brain injuries or TBIs, can lead to long-term or life-long disabilities to its victims.

It is believed that as many as 5.3 million Americans suffer from brain injuries in the U.S. It is the leading cause of death and disability throughout the country for those between one and 44 years of age, and as many as 52 thousand Americans die every year as a result of a brain injury.

A recent study performed by researchers at the Trondheim University Hospital in Norway, studied 67 brain injury victims between two to five years following their injuries to learn about long term effects of TBIs. They found that many suffer from significant psychological, emotional and attentional difficulties. Due to the location of the head and brain on the human body, it is not uncommon for traumatic brain injuries to occur from motor vehicle accidents. Other common traumatic brain injury accidents occur from slip and falls and sports-related injuries.

If you or someone you love has suffered from a serious head injury, you may suffer from long-term or life-long disabilities that affects the way you live your life, possibly including your ability to do work. It often is in a brain injury victim's best interest to speak with a lawyer familiar with personal injury to see whether they could be entitled to compensation for their injuries, medical expenses and even lost income due to their disability.

Source: Psychcentral.com, "Exploring Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury," Jane Collingwood, Jan. 5, 2016

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