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Which age group is most at risk for a brain injury?

Brain or an injury to the head is one of the leading causes of emergency room visits in the United States. Some brain injuries are minor while others are considered severe and therefore require immediate medical attention. Often, a head injury is caused by a sudden jolt to the head and neck area. Readers need to understand that the skull does not need to be cracked for a person to sustain injury. A strong blow to the head is enough to cause injury.

Readers in Dallas, Texas, may be wondering which age group is more prone to sustaining brain injury. Based on the data from Mayo Clinic, very young children, young adults and older adults are at risk of brain injury. Children, 4 years old and younger, people between ages 15 and 24 and elderly individuals 75 and older often sustain such injuries. Parents can prevent their children from sustaining a brain injury by careful monitoring. Because children's bodies are developing, it is important to understand that their skulls are not strong enough to withstand even the slightest of blows. For young adults, it is important to wear helmets and other protective gear especially when participating in sporting activities.

Adults, on the other hand, may find it difficult to maintain balance as they grow older. People who have elderly loved ones living in their homes should install handrails for safe navigation through the house. It is also important to keep the floors dry at all times to avoid slips and falls and other similar scenarios.

Brain injury often leads to serious outcomes such as permanent disability. By following these simple tips, people can prevent brain and other related injuries. If brain injuries result from a car accident or a case where negligence of another was a contributing factor, it may be best to seek legal advice.

Source: Mayoclinic.org, "Traumatic brain injury," Accessed on Jan. 21, 2015

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