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Brain injuries are a major cause of death in accidents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that almost a third of all deaths that stem from accidents involve some form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Across the United States, including Connecticut, more than 150 people die every day from brain injuries. In cases where a fatal brain injury was caused by the negligent or intentional act of another, such as a car accident, assault or other personal injury, the death of the victim could give rise to a wrongful death claim.

Clearly, not all brain injuries are fatal. In fact, some may not even be obvious, with symptoms taking days or sometimes weeks to present themselves. A minor concussion is the mildest form of brain injury. But even the mildest can be dangerous: If another head trauma occurs before the firs injury has healed, it could cause permanent damage or, in many cases, death.

Not all brain injuries are considered traumatic. A TBI is caused by some sort of external force to the head, such as a fall, a workplace accident or even a bar fight. Other types of brain injuries are caused by lack of oxygen like a choking victim or the drowning victim of a boat accident may suffer. These are known as acquired - as opposed to traumatic - brain injuries. A total lack of oxygen is called anoxia; a partial lack of oxygen, but enough to kill brain cells, is referred to as hypoxia.

If an individual or a loved one has suffered a brain injury through the fault of another, they may be entitled to recover compensation from the person who caused the injury. They can recover for medical and rehabilitation expenses, loss of income, or in the event of a fatal injury, wrongful death. The assistance of a seasoned lawyer can be invaluable to a family who is struggling with a tragic brain injury.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "TBI: Get the Facts," accessed Feb. 12, 2018

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