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The effects of a traumatic brain injury

Car accident victims can be subjected to countless injuries. From minor cuts and bruises to complete paralysis, these injuries can have a significant impact on the lives of the victim and their family. One of the most serious injuries one can experience in a personal injury accident is a traumatic brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, typically occur as a result of a forceful blow to the head. Some brain injuries are caused when the head comes into contact with a hard surface, while others are caused by objects penetrating the skull. The severity of the injury will often determine the severity of the consequences. Mild concussions may result in temporary loss of consciousness, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and short-term memory loss.

Moderate and severe brain injuries can result in devastating consequences that can impact someone for a lifetime. Many people with severe TBIs are unable to speak clearly, walk, or care for themselves without assistance. They may also experience cognitive difficulties, memory loss, and an inability to focus.

Those who are experiencing signs of a moderate to severe TBI should seek treatment immediately. While nothing can erase the damage that has already been done, starting treatment as soon as possible can ensure that things don't get worse. Treatment for more serious brain injuries typically involves various forms of therapy (e.g. cognitive, occupational, speech, physical). Brain injury victims may also require psychological treatment to help with depression and other mental illnesses.

Treating a brain injury can be a costly affair for many victims and their families. Filing suit against those responsible for your accident may help relieve some financial stress and allow victims to focus on the recovery process.

Source: NIH, "NINDS Traumatic Brain Injury Information," accessed on Dec. 6, 2016

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