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What is traumatic brain injury and how can it affect me?

There are many types of injuries that can be suffered in a car accident. Some of these injuries are minor and may not really affect your everyday life. Others, though, are quite serious and could leave you or a loved one in extreme pain, physically disabled, and incapable of living what was once considered a normal life. One type of harm that can drastically impact your life is a severe traumatic brain injury.

What is a severe traumatic brain injury and how can it affect you? According to the CDC, there are two types of severe traumatic brain injury. The first is closed, and refers to injury that occurs when the brain moves within the skull. This often occurs when your head slams into something. The second type of harm is a penetrating traumatic brain injury. These injuries occur when a foreign object enters the skull. Both types of traumatic brain injury can occur in a car crash, and the effects can be tragic.

Traumatic brain injuries contribute to nearly a third of all injury-related deaths. However, even those who survive an accident but suffer a traumatic brain injury will typically have serious physical impairments. Cognitive problems, especially those dealing with memory and attention may arise; coordination may be impaired and motor functions diminished; sensations such as vision and hearing may be damaged; and emotional responses may drastically change, such as extreme depression, changes in personality, and aggression.

Though the effects of a traumatic brain injury may be frightening and one may never fully heal from it, there are treatment options. However, the medical care needed to better a victim's life can be quite costly. Therefore, if you or a loved one has suffered such a personal injury due to the negligence of another, you may want to consider your legal options in an attempt to recover compensation for medical expenses and other damages.

Source: CDC, "Severe Traumatic Brain Injury" accessed on Feb. 5, 2015

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