The Severe Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

One of the most serious injuries an individual can suffer from is traumatic brain injury or intracranial injury; it is caused by an external physical force and can be acquired through violence (like child abuse), motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports or while working, especially in construction sites.

Traumatic brain injury can result either in partial or total psychosocial impairment or functional disability, or both. People who sustain such injury suffer impairments in perceptual and motor abilities, psychosocial behavior, speech, physical functions, information processing, cognition, language, memory, attention, reasoning, abstract thinking, judgment, problem-solving and sensory.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.4 million people sustain TBIs, making it one of the principal causes of disability and death in the US. While a mild brain injury may only cause a momentary dysfunction of the brain cells, a severe one can lead to torn tissues, bruising, bleeding and other brain damages which can cause permanent disability, even death.

One dangerous effect of TBI is that it predisposes those who suffer from it to further injuries; it has also been linked to serious illnesses, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and diseases affecting the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems.

Anyone who sustains a traumatic brain injury ought to be treated immediately, for any delay in treatment can lead to more serious consequences, like a more severe stage of disability, increased reliance on medication and medical equipment, and higher costs on medical care; besides lost earning potential the duration of which depends on the severity of the injury.

Obviously a cause of great suffering, the pain is still increased if you find out that the injury is a result of someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior. And though there seems to be no serious effect right after an accident or sometime after it, it is necessary that you observe the victim’s condition for any sign that may suggest a TBI, like nausea, weakness or numbness in limbs, headache, difficulty awakening or lack of coordination.

Though an amicable settlement initiated by the party who caused the injury may be a considerate move, it is still wiser to seek legal counsel from knowledgeable and experienced injury lawyers who know what your rights exactly are and the right amount of compensation that you legally deserve.


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