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Traumatic brain injury is a major health issue for many people in Roanoke, Virginia, and other parts of the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.5 million TBIs occurred in 2010 as an isolated injury or coupled with other injuries. TBI is one of the major causes of death and disability in the United States, contributing to a third of all deaths from injury. According to the statistics, every day 138 Americans die from injuries which include TBI in some form.

Raising awareness about TBI is important, so a Virginia golf club wants to host a Traumatic Brain Injury awareness golf tournament this summer, with part of the proceeds to benefit the Brain Injury Association of Virginia.

TBI may be caused by a bump or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that hinders normal functioning of the brain. TBI may be classified as mild to severe, depending on the nature of injury and can cause permanent brain damage leading to a vegetative state, permanent disability or even fatality.

The CDC reports that a large number of people are affected by TBIs and more than 40 percent of all TBIs are caused by slip and fall accidents, while almost 15 percent are caused by motor vehicle accidents. A person involved in an accident who sustains a blow to the head runs the risk of suffering a TBI.

Treatment of TBI is usually expensive. Injured parties can also be rendered permanently disabled in some cases. Arranging the money for such treatments, or even getting compensation for a car accident-related TBI may be a herculean task for family members of the injured. In cases of TBI-related deaths, the legal battle may be even more traumatizing for the family. A Roanoke personal injury attorney can help secure compensation.

Source: Tidewater Review, "King William Ruritans hosts golf tournament for brain injury awareness", May 13, 2014

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