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How is traumatic brain injury caused and how severe can it be?

Readers of this blog know that a car accident can result in a variety of injuries. Some of these injuries are relatively minor, such as bumps or bruises, while others are more serious, like broken bones. Yet others, though, are devastating and life-altering. These catastrophic injuries can leave a victim unable to function as he or she once did, and life moving forward can be complicated and costly.

One of these injuries is traumatic brain injury. Often suffered in car wrecks, traumatic brain injuries frequently occur when and individual suffers a blow to the head or his or her head is suddenly jolted. Brain injuries can also occur when an object penetrates an individual's skull. Those who are subjected to this type of harm suffer extensive physical damage as well as emotional and financial losses.

Severe traumatic brain injuries have multiple, serious symptoms. A victim may be unconscious for a significant period of time, suffer seizures, be unable to awaken, and lose coordination. Additionally, a victim might suffer extensive mental problems as a result of the injury. Confusion, agitation, speech problems, and disorders that affect consciousness can all come into play. The most severe brain injuries can result in loss of motor functions and an inability to live a normal everyday life, which can take a massive emotional toll.

Victims of traumatic brain injury must also confront the financial reality of their situation. They may be unable to work at a time when medical expenses are skyrocketing. This financial strain, in turn, can cause increased stress and mental anguish. Though scary, those whose injuries were caused by the negligence of another may be able to take legal action to recover compensation for their damages. If successful, a victim may be able to obtain the financial security needed to pay for needed medical care and peace of mind.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed on Feb. 13, 2015

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