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Motor vehicle accidents and traumatic brain injuries

The human brain is an incredibly powerful yet equally delicate organ. A blow to the head can have signicant consequences for a Connecticut resident, even without loss of consciousness. Understanding the scope and dangers associated with brain injuries can be important for people so that they know how and when to seek proper help.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, automobile crashes are the single greatest cause of deaths associated with traumatic brain injuries. Hearing this can understandably make you feel more concerned about even the most simple fender bender. Every hit, bump, blow or jarring jerk your head experiences is something that deserves attention and proper care.

CDC records from 2002 to 2006 show more than 1.36 million emergency room visits for brain injuries. Roughly 275,000 people were hospitalized for brain injuries. Another 52,000 people died. Of equal concern is the fact that many people sadly never seek or receive care for damage sustained by the brain. How much larger these numbers might be if everyone was treated for a brain injury is worrisome at best.

In addition to the shocking loss of life associated with a brain injury is the financial impact these experiences can have. Between trackable medical expenses, lost time at work and more, it is estimated that these injuries cost the nation $60 million per year. Again, this only factors in the number of injuries known to happen, not those that were left untreated. For more information about traumatic brain injuries, please feel free to visit the accident and concussion page of our Connecticut personal injury website.

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