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Understanding the potential effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury


A traumatic brain injury, also known as "TBI," could cause an injured victim to deal with various disabilities, either temporarily or permanently. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are four major areas a TBI could affect. First, the thinking abilities of the victim could be impacted or constrained. This means the person's memory and reasoning is affected. The individual could have difficulties recalling past memories or could find it challenging to make new memories.

The second area a TBI could impact is sensations, which includes the individual's ability to touch, taste and smell. Next, a brain injury could affect the victim's language abilities, impacting a wide range of language functions, such as communication, expression and understanding.

Lastly, the emotions of the victim of a TBI could be greatly affected. This could lead to depression, anxiety, personality changes, acting out, aggression and even social inappropriateness. Additionally, a TBI could also be the cause of epilepsy. Moreover, a TBI could also increase the risk of conditions that become more prevalent with age, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other brain disorders.

Because repeat mild TBIs that occur in an extended period of time could result in cumulative neurological and cognitive defects, it is important that accident victims suffering any type of trauma to the head receive timely medical attention. This could help rule out a brain injury or initiate timely treatment and rehabilitation.

When a TBI occurs, the victim is often left with several expenses, including medical bills, rehabilitation, future medical costs, lost wages and other related damages. If another party is responsible for a traumatic brain injury, the injured victim might have a cause of action, such as a personal injury claim. This could help the injured party seek financial recovery to help cover the cost of treatment and rehabilitation.

Source: Cdc.gov, "What are the Potential Effects of TBI?" accessed Aug. 17, 2015

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