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Brain Injury: a Chronic Disease  

Brain Injury: a Chronic Disease  

Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities of daily living or both. Chronic diseases include things such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes; it should include brain injury.2

man holding up a sign that says chronic disease

There have been a number of consensus statements and articles that have discussed this idea over the last 15 years; some of the more well-known are:  

As part of the efforts to reauthorize the TBI Act, advocates are seeking to have brain injury designated as a chronic condition in hopes of laying the groundwork so the Centers for Disease Control and the Center for Medicaid Services can do the same. Chronic diseases get enhanced prevention, surveillance, healthcare interventions, and community support that would be of tremendous benefit to the brain injury community.   

A brain injury can accelerate the development of chronic conditions. If you’ve had a brain injury because of another’s negligence, it’s important to understand your risks and your rights. The experienced brain injury lawyers with Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci can help you understand your options for compensation; call us.

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