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How Brain Injuries Impact Our Lives

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Brain injuries take a significant toll on not only sufferers, but also on families and communities. The Dallas personal injury attorneys a Guajardo & Marks have years of experience handling catastrophic injury claims. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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How Brain Injuries Impact Our Lives

  1. 1. HOW BRAIN INJURIES IMPACT OUR LIVES BRAIN INJURIES TAKE A SIGNIFICANT TOLL NOT ONLY ON SUFFERERS, BUT ALSO ON FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.774.9800
  2. 2. A $76.5 BILLION PROBLEM The costs of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are staggering. Once the direct and indirect costs of these injuries are considered, the price tag for all TBIs ends up being approximately $76.5 billion annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 90% of those costs stem from the most serious TBIs (fatal and injuries requiring hospitalizations). FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.774.9800 90% of costs stem from the most serious TBIs.
  3. 3. DEFINING THE ISSUE A traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow or jolt to the head that results in damage to the brain. These injuries are common in incidents like vehicle crashes, workplace accidents or fall-related incidents, to name a few. Traumatic brain injury is a term that covers a wide range of injury severity, from permanent, disabling injuries to concussions, which are considered “mild” traumatic brain injuries. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.774.9800
  4. 4. TBI IS WIDESPREAD IN THE UNITED STATES • Approximately 5.3 million people in the U.S. are living with a disability caused by a TBI. • Around 153 people die every day in the U.S. from injuries that include a TBI. • Approximately 2.5 million people suffer brain injuries every year. • Around 40 percent of traumatic brain injury survivors develop a disability. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.774.9800
  5. 5. THE EFFECTS OF A TBI The CDC reports four ways in which people suffer from a brain injury. They are: • Thinking - reasoning, memory, attention and other cognitive functions • Physical - sensations, balance, coordination, sight and hearing • Language - the ability to form, process and express oneself • Emotional - depression, anxiety, personality changes, mood swings, anger, aggression and impulse control FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.774.9800
  6. 6. INCREASING THE RISK OF OTHER CONDITIONS Traumatic brain injuries might also play a role in the development of… • Epilepsy • Alzheimer’s disease • Parkinson’s disease • Dementia • Other brain disorders FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.774.9800
  7. 7. INCREASED RISK OF EARLY DEATH A 41-year study published in January 2014 found that a traumatic brain injury triples a person’s risk for an early death, which the researchers classified as being before the age of 56. Their study also found that those TBI victims who died early were more likely to have committed suicide, been a victim of an assault or had a fatal injury, as reported by CBS News. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.774.9800
  8. 8. TBI AND HEALTH INSURANCE Perhaps one of the more surprising ways in which brain injuries impact a person’s life is through their insurance coverage. A U.S. analysis found that people suffering from TBI were more likely than others to lose or change their insurance coverage. Researchers largely attributed this to the fact that many TBI sufferers lose their jobs and, thus, their healthcare coverage after their injury. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.774.9800
  9. 9. CHILDREN WHO SUFFER A TBI Every year in the U.S., approximately 3,000 children die, 18,000 are hospitalized and 640,000 are treated in emergency departments for traumatic brain injuries. These injuries take a major toll on children, with potential consequences including… • Academic challenges • Difficulties finding employment later in life • Behavioral problems • Social isolation • Increased risk for incarceration • Depression and other mental health struggles FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.774.9800
  10. 10. HOW BRAIN INJURIES AFFECT FAMILIES The impact of a brain injury doesn’t stop at the injured person. Families and loved ones of the sufferer also experience several challenges, including… • Loss of income • Costly medical expenses • Strained relationships • Stress, anxiety and depression FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.774.9800
  11. 11. LEGAL HELP FOR TBI SUFFERERS As we’ve seen, the consequences of brain injuries are far-reaching. When an injury is caused by another’s negligence, sufferers and their loved ones should not have to shoulder the financial burden posed by that injury. A personal injury claim offers a tool to help people get compensation for the damages they’ve encountered after a traumatic brain injury. FOR A FREE CONSULT CALL: 972.774.9800
  12. 12. CONTACT GUAJARDO & MARKS TODAY The Dallas personal injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks have years of experience handling catastrophic injury claims. We know the challenges you’re facing and, more importantly, we know how to get our clients the payment they deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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