Increase in brain injuries creates cause for concern

Cases of traumatic brain injuries have increased substantially across America, causing a concern for medical professionals, sports professionals and the general public. Not only can traumatic brain injuries cause a dramatic effect on one’s immediate quality of life, they can also cause severe impairment and significant long-term effects, including dementia and stroke. Missouri residents suffering from severe and repeated cases of brain injury may be unable to work or provide for themselves due to these challenges. Some may turn toward Social Security Disability Benefits to provide them with long-term care.

Traumatic brain injuries from repeated concussions have recently been brought to the attention of the masses as they are currently being studied by professional sports leagues, in an attempt to minimize the hazards of brain injuries for players. However, athletes are not the only ones who suffer from brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury can occur in any number of situations, including construction work and automobile accidents. Those suffering from injuries often seek SSDI benefits, helping them cope with their disability.

The number of traumatic brain injury cases that occurred within a 4 year period increased by approximately 30 percent. The results were found by researchers who analyzed emergency room visits across the country and found that approximately 1.7 percent of patients seen were diagnosed with a brain injury. The findings were significant and shed light on the increasing concern of brain injuries in the United States.

People suffering from debilitating cases of traumatic brain injury may struggle with reduced income from lost wages. Many of them have a considerable amount of medical expenses from treatment and therapy. An attorney may be helpful in determining whether or not you qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits. They can also help those whose SSDI claims have been denied in the past.

Source: CBS News, “ER visits for traumatic brain injury spike 30 percent, “Jessica Firger, May 13, 2014. 

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