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New CDC Fact Sheet on TBI

A new Traumatic Brain Injury fact sheet has been released by the Centers for Disease Control. The fact sheet contains useful definitions of brain trauma that can be successfully used by lawyers handling brain damage cases to prove that even "mild" insults to the brain and events that did not result in a loss of consciousness still can produce a TBI with permanent problems to the victim.

The TBI Fact Sheet defines traumatic brain injury as "A "blow or jolt to he head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain.  Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI. The severity of such an injury may range from "mild", i.e., a brief change in mental status or consciousness to "severe," i.e.  an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia.  A TBI can result in short term or long term problems with independent function"

Look at what the CDC says are the long term consequences of TBI. "TBI can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, sensation, language and/or emotions.  It can cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age"

The full CDC fact sheet on TBI  can be viewed by clicking Download factsaboutBI.8.29.05.pdf .



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