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Each year, one million people end up in hospital
as a result of head injury.
The brain is the master control centre of the body. It is constantly sent information from the senses with regards to conditions inside and outside the body. It analyses this information and transmits out messages that control body functions and actions. It stores information from past experiences, rendering learning and remembering achievable. It is the source of thoughts, moods and emotions.
When something goes wrong, the consequences can become devastating, not only for the injured person, but also for his or her family, friends and colleagues too.
In contrast to a broken arm or leg, which is easy to see and diagnose, a trauma to the brain could not be easy to identify and is often known as an “invisible injury”.
What causes Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
There are estimated to be over 450,000 people in England living with severe disability as the result of a stroke.
Without question, a brain injury can change your life instantly. It may affect how you think, how you feel, how you behave, how you move, and what you remember.
The leading causes of TBI are:
• Falls (35.2%);
• Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (17.3%);
• Struck by/against events (16.5%);
• Assaults (10%); and
• Unknown/Other (21%).
Blasts are a leading cause of TBI for active
duty military personnel in war zones.
The people most at risk of traumatic brain injury include: Children, especially newborns to 4-year-olds. Teenagers, especially those 15 to 19 years of age and adults over 65
Elizabeth was the pillion passenger on a motorcycle when she was injured in a motorcycle accident claim accident. She suffered a severe head injury causing problems with vision, speech and hearing and an increased risk of epilepsy. After the accident Elizabeth was reliant on using a wheelchair and walking aids to mobilise.
The court approved a settlement
for Elizabeth of £1.2 million.
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