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Concussions a major cause of death and disability

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can usually be detected only by the symptoms it produces. Every year in Mississippi and across the U.S., about 250,000 people are hospitalized, and about 50,000 die because of traumatic brain injuries. Concussions lead about 1.8 million people to the emergency rooms every year while an estimated 2 million either do not seek treatment for their concussions or visit an outpatient clinic.

The danger of concussions, which can include physical disabilities and even death, became widely known in the field of competitive sports, especially football. Issues with members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, in particular, led to the development of many concussion detection tools and technologies.

Concussions are more widespread than sports. For example, military men and women in combat zones often suffer concussions from explosions. Car crash victims, victims of slip and falls, and even people injuring themselves during recreational activities like bicycling are all prone as well.

The awareness that developed in the sports field has trickled down to other areas. For instance, the auto industry has, over the years, reduced the number of injuries and fatalities through technologies like airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control.

Concussions are a common result of car accidents, and the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome can affect daily life and work. Those who are injured through a driver's negligence may wish to see a lawyer; he or she can consult with accident investigators and medical professionals to determine just how much the other driver will be liable for. A settlement might cover not only medical bills but also future medical care for long-term symptoms. A lawyer may be able to negotiate with the other driver's insurance company for the settlement or litigate if negotiations are unsatisfactory.

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