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Examining the mental effects of traumatic brain injuries

Any type of head injury can be cause for concern. Just as the causes of such injuries can be numerous, the effects of those injuries vary in degree. Physical effects such as paralysis are an obvious concern and can be life changing. Traumatic brain injuries can also have different - but just as damaging - mental effects as well.

Possibly the most severe and apparent effect a brain injury can have on an individual is that of a coma, vegetative or minimally conscious state. The levels of consciousness in these states range from none to, as the name implies, minimal, but all are extremely serious. A vegetative state can be permanent, but victims usually progress to a minimally conscious state in which there is evidence they have somewhat of a grasp on their surroundings.

The effects of a brain injury do not have to be as dramatic as a coma to be damaging, however. Victims can experience cognitive changes including issues with memory, speed of mental processing, concentration and more. There can also be behavioral changes as well including difficulty with social situations, physical and verbal outbursts, anxiety, depression and more.

These effects are only a small portion of how a traumatic brain injury can affect an individual. Clearly, these situations are very serious in nature and can have lifelong implications for victims and families. For those who have experienced such injuries, there may be compensation available depending on who was responsible. Seeking the assistance of an experienced attorney can help victims formulate a strong legal plan of action, hopefully resulting in a more comfortable road to recovery.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury: complications," accessed Nov. 6, 2015

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