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Increase in brain injuries noted by doctors

Accidents are common in Ohio -- car accidents, sporting accidents, workplace accidents, they all happen. While some of these accidents are truly unavoidable, many are caused when proper precautions are not taken or people are acting negligently. In these cases, very serious injuries can occur. While any number of injuries can be life-altering, traumatic brain injuries, in particular, can be devastating for an accident victim.

The brain is such a vital organ that even the smallest of injuries can have long-lasting effects. And, unlike injuries to other parts of the body there is often not a simple and straightforward fix for brain injuries. Studies have shown that traumatic brain injuries can have devastating effects, even years after they happen. Brain injuries increase a person's risk of both stroke and dementia. Furthermore, brain injuries can cause death and permanent disability.

According to new research in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the number of brain injuries that are being reported is increasing. Doctors from across the United States saw a 30 percent increase in the number of traumatic brain injury cases from 2006 to 2010. Of the 138 million people visiting emergencies during this time, 1.7 percent were diagnosed with brain injuries. In particular, there was a rise in the number of brain injuries for seniors over the age of 60 and for children under three-years-old.

Following an accident, people should make sure they watch for the signs of brain injury. Sometimes signs start right away, while others can take time to manifest. In either case, brain injuries can be devastating and costly to treat. When the negligence of another causes a brain injury, victims and their families should know they may have the right to compensation. With the right legal help, people can recover the money they need to treat the injury and try to return to normal life.

Source: CBS News, "ER visits for traumatic brain injury spike 30 percent," Jessica Firger, May 13, 2014

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