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Victims of traumatic brain injury experience lasting effects

When a person suffers head injury, it can change his or her life and the lives of family members forever. West Virginia University has an Injury Control Research Center that looks at Traumatic Brain Injury causes and long term needs for people who have suffered a brain injury from workplace, car or other accidents.

In one example, a recent law school graduate cannot remember the car accident that caused his traumatic brain injury, nor does he recall much of his life before the accident. Outwardly the man appears normal, and he is social and mobile. However, his legal career was altered when, due to a brain injury, he required more sleep and had difficulty remembering case details. A new associate position that required a 60-hour work week was no longer an option. Leaving the legal world, the injured man wrote a book about the lasting effects of traumatic brain injury, noting that part of him will never recover from the car accident.

Brain injuries range from mild concussions to sometimes debilitating traumatic brain damage. When a head injury results from a car accident, the injured party may be entitled to compensation. Drivers owe their passengers, other drivers and pedestrians a duty of care to obey the traffic laws and drive attentively. When a driver breaches their duty of care and an accident occurs, the driver may be considered negligent and may be liable to anyone injured as a result of his or her negligence. West Virginia follows a comparative negligence rule whereby the injured person must be 49 percent or less at fault for the accident to be able to recover damages from the other party.

Head injuries have lasting effects that are often unknown at the time of the accident and may impact the work and future of the injured person. An attorney can ensure you obtain the recovery you deserve from any negligent parties.

Source: Aiken Standard, "Traumatic brain injury survivor shares story in new book," Rob Novit, July 20, 2012

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