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Joliet brain injury lawyersEach year, an estimated 1.7 million people experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Of those, approximately 52,000 suffer fatality, and another 275,000 are hospitalized and ultimately released. The rest are treated in emergency rooms and then released home to heal. What makes the difference between these three groups of people? Sometimes, it is the severity of the injury itself (severe injuries can swell quickly, causing fatality in a very short amount of time), but being able to recognize the early signs and symptoms can also be crucial in both the short- and long-term prognosis of a victim.

Why Early Detection is Crucial

In situations involving a severe brain injury, time can mean the difference between life and death. However, even in cases of mild or moderate TBI, early detection can be important. It ensures that the victim does not do things they should avoid (i.e. tasks that involve concentration and activities that can result in a secondary injury). Early detection can also ensure that victims receive proper treatment.


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Joliet personal injury attorney, brain injury awarenessNational statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have reached epidemic proportions. According to the CDC, more than 50,000 people die every year from causes associated with TBI. Almost 2.2 million people are treated at emergency rooms for an injury to their brain, and approximately 280,000 people end up hospitalized because of serious TBI.

These numbers do not include people who develop a concussion from their head injuries, but do not seek treatment, or if they did, then TBI was a secondary diagnosis. If all those victims were included, then the CDC puts the number of people in this country who sustain brain injuries every year at over three million.

In the past fifteen years, the cost of TBI—between medical treatment and lost wages—amounts to over $60 billion.


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