What is Brain Damage?
Brain damage is an injury which causes the destruction or deterioration of brain cells.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, approximately 2.6 million people suffer some type of brain injury every year in the United States. Approximately 52,000 people die as a result of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The following are two types of brain injury:
- Traumatic Brain Injury – Caused by an external force, such as a blow to the head, which results in movement of the brain within the skull or also damages the skull.
- Acquired Brain Injury – Occurs at the cellular level, typically associated with pressure on the brain from a tumor or other neurological illness.
Causes of Brain Damage
When the brain does not receive adequate oxygen for a period of time, it may lead to brain damage. It can also occur due to a wide range of injuries, illnesses, or health conditions. Young children and the elderly are often at risk, as well as males between ages 15 and 24 due to high-risk behaviors.
Common causes of brain damage include:
- Car accidents
- Physical violence
- Sports injuries
- Blows to the head
- Heart attacks
- Strangulation, choking, or drowning
- Poisoning or toxic chemical exposure
- Neurological illnesses
- Abuse of illegal drugs
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If you or a loved one suffered brain damage that was caused by the negligent or reckless conduct of another party, you may be eligible to obtain monetary damages to cover medical bills, loss of past and future income, continued treatment and care, as well as pain and suffering and disability. With more than 60 years of collective experience, our Chicago personal injury attorneys at McNabola & Associates can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your legal options to recover the compensation you deserve.
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