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Traumatic brain injuries are common and costly

Tennessee residents who have been injured in a car accident know that the extent of harm can be quite serious. Those who suffer minor injuries might be thankful to have escaped with such minimal damage, while others may find themselves asking why they were so unfortunate as to suffer devastating harm. This might be especially true when an individual suffers a traumatic brain injury.

But, a Tennessee brain injury sufferer is not alone. In fact, according to the CDC, approximately 2.5 million people suffered traumatic brain injuries in 2010 alone. This is a staggering number, and a significant percentage of these injuries are suffered in truck, motorcycle, and car accidents.

However, merely being in good company does not mean that the position is a favorable one. All traumatic brain injury sufferers have significant challenges ahead of them. They may struggle with rehabilitation and attempt to reclaim parts of their pre-injury life, but the physical, emotional, and financial toll can be utterly devastating. In America, it is estimated that approximately $76.5 billion was spent in 2010 to treat traumatic brain injuries.

For many families in this situation, paying out of pocket for medical expenses is difficult, not to mention finding a way to recoup the victim's lost wages. Families can also be exposed to significant pain and suffering. When insurance doesn't cover all of the harm caused, victims and their families can seek to file a personal injury lawsuit if the injury was caused by a negligent individual. If successful on such a claim, then the victim may recover compensation to help cover their damages, hopefully allowing them to focus on reclaiming as much of their life as possible

Source: CDC, "Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion," accessed on June 24, 2016

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