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Preventing a traumatic brain injury

From memory problems and headaches to difficulty at work, people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury may encounter a number of difficulties. Unfortunately, TBIs are not always immediately recognizable and some people experience problems years after the injury took place. In order to avoid the multitude of challenges that a TBI may cause, people should do everything in their ability to prevent a traumatic brain injury.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a number of steps that people can take to prevent brain injuries. For example, people should understand the importance of helmet use during many different activities, such as skiing, skateboarding and riding a horse or bicycle. Furthermore, drivers should never operate a vehicle after drinking too much alcohol or while intoxicated by drugs and everyone in a vehicle should wear their seat belts. Around the home, it is important to set up safety gates to prevent children from falling down stairs and keeping spaces clean to keep people from falling down. 

While sports activities offer a number of benefits, they also cause many players to suffer brain injuries. The New York State Department of Health outlined different ways that participants can avoid a traumatic brain injury, such as staying out of the game after a concussion, identifying how to play safely and wearing the appropriate protective equipment.

Whether an employee's brain is injured in a workplace accident or someone is struck by a drunk driver, incidents that cause TBIs take many forms. When negligent people are responsible for causing others to suffer TBIs, victims should hold them accountable and review any options on the table.

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