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Although this article is really a press release from a personal injury law firm, it still offers some good basic information and sound advice about traumatic brain injuries. Particularly helpful is the section on seeking an attorney. If you or someone you love suffers a traumatic brain injury, you should be aware of the economic toll such an injury can take ($600,000 to $1.8 million for lifetime expenses), and if the accident was someone else's fault, then hopefully their insurance company will provide financial compensation to help with medical bills, rehabilitation, loss of wages, and perhaps pain and suffering.

From U.S. Politics Today:
Every year, an estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury ("TBI"). Fortunately, three quarters of TBIs are relatively minor. Even so, TBI is to blame for over 50,000 deaths annually, and some five million people currently live with TBI related disabilities. Knowing more about TBI and its causes can be beneficial for anyone whose life has been touched by a severe head injury.

TBIs can vary widely in severity. A concussion is a mild form of TBI that is usually not life-threatening (although the potential negative effects of a concussion should not be underestimated). More severe TBIs often involve lengthy periods of amnesia or unconsciousness. Permanent disabilities, or even death, are not unheard of in the most serious cases of TBI.

Warning signs of TBI immediately following an injury include any loss of consciousness or memory, a change in mental state or localized problems in nerve functioning. TBI can result in a diverse range of long-term effects as well. Some common issues include balance, coordination, or strength impairments, language and memory defects and emotional or behavioral disorders.

Falls, motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries are some of the most common causes of TBI. Motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents alone account for about half of TBIs.

Many of the activities that can lead to TBI skyrocket in popularity during the summer months. Motorcycling and bicycling, for instance, are two warm-weather activities that bear a close relationship to TBI: head injuries are the leading cause of death and disability from cycling accidents.

For a suspected TBI sustained during any activity, it is imperative to seek immediate, competent medical attention. Every year, thousands of cases of traumatic brain injury are misdiagnosed or ignored. Even mild forms of TBI can cause long-lasting damage without treatment.

The economic toll TBI takes in terms of direct medical expenses as well as indirect costs like lost productivity annually exceeds $60 billion. The estimated lifetime care expenditures alone for someone suffering from a severe TBI are between $600,000 and $1.8 million. As burdensome as the financial costs of TBI can be, they pale in comparison to the loss of time, companionship and the health of a loved one.

After seeing to the immediate medical needs of a TBI victim, it is important to get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney. You and your loved one may be able to recover monetary damages to help pay for medical bills, property damage and wages lost due to an inability to work, in addition to compensation for pain and suffering.

It is important to act quickly, however. If you wait too long, the statute of limitations can bar a lawsuit to recover for a TBI. In addition, it often becomes easier for an at-fault party to dodge responsibility for an accident as time goes on; witness memories fade, physical evidence disappears and it becomes more challenging for your attorney to complete a thorough investigation.

If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, do not wait--call a personal attorney today to explore your legal options.

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