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Learning more about brain injuries

Accidents and resulting injuries are frightening. Dealing with bumps and scrapes and broken bones is often not too big of a deal, but brain injuries conjure up new worries and concerns often because the injury is such an unknown to many. Brain injuries and spinal cord injuries summon images of paralysis, brain damage and lifelong disabilities. While it is true that such injuries can have a lasting impact on a person's life, perhaps knowing more about the condition will allay some of these fears for Ohio residents.

As October draws to a close, it is worth mentioning that the month is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. When it comes to awareness, the goal is to help people understand the condition and how it can affect their daily lives. According to the Brain Injury Association of American, more than one million people are seen for a brain injury each year.

Not all brain injuries are severe. In fact, some are mild and may have no symptoms at all. There are two main ways to classify brain injury: traumatic brain injury and acquired brain injury. As expected, TBI stems from accidents or assaults. An acquired injury comes from medical conditions or disease like a tumor.

Out of all injury-related deaths in the U.S., more than one-third are due to brain injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most brain injuries are caused by an impact to the head.

A traumatic brain injury can occur anywhere. If the injury is caused by the negligent actions of another person, then the victim may be able to recover money for damages to pay for medical bills and any necessary time away from work.

Source: VOXXI, "Brain injury symptoms and types: Why you should know more," Hope Gilette, Oct. 15, 2012

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