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Brain injury symptoms include memory problems

Traumatic brain injuries are responsible for 2.5 million deaths, visits to the ER and hospitalizations ever year in the United States, including in New York.  Brain injuries result from a jolt, bump or blow to a person's head. The month of March has been set aside for evaluating ways in which to better prevent as well as treat brain injury.

Brain injury occurs specifically because axons -- long nerve cells responsible for connecting the brain's neurons -- become damaged, stretched or simply quit working. Mild brain injuries typically come from concussions associated with sports/recreation. However, with concussions, the symptoms and signs might not be quite as obvious as those related to severe brain injuries from violence or car crashes.

When an accident happens and a person loses consciousness, it is important that he or she be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible. Symptoms include struggling to think clearly, being dizzy or experiencing sleeping pattern-related changes. Some symptoms might be seen right away, while others might not be noticeable for a few days or even weeks after the incident.

The biggest reason for a brain injury in older individuals is falls, which may happen in public if businesses fail to keep their premises free of tripping or slipping hazards. If a person in New York suffers this type of injury as a result of the carelessness of a business or another individual, he or she has the right to file a liability claim against the person deemed at fault regarding the accident. Once liability is established in court by appropriate evidence, claims for specific items of financial losses will be adjudicated.

Source: delawarestatenews.net, "Making sense of traumatic brain injuries", Ashton Brown, March 23, 2016

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