What Happens After a Traumatic Brain Injury?

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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) results from an internal injury to the brain caused by some sort of trauma when an object hits the head with significant force, or when someone is affected by an extreme sound such as an explosion. It can be hard to predict or determine the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury, as the consequences can affect a person’s ability to talk, walk, hear or perform normal functions. From all appearances someone could look as if he had a stroke, or could look fairly normal. The person might think logically about some issues and very illogically on others. For instance, numbers and mathematical equations can be recalled without flaw, while personal habits become a thing of the past as the person can’t remember how to eat or stand up. Others may notice the person becoming more frustrated, lacking in concentration or finding the inability to express thoughts or feelings.

When one victim was injured in a car accident after crashing her vehicle into a mountain, she was faced with TBI and the task of having to learn her whole life over. In another instance, writer Abigail Thomas’s husband was hit by a car while crossing the street. From the outside he looked as though nothing had happened, but for many years until his death continued to talk nonsense phrases in an effort to express himself. The ability to wrap his head around any type of cognitive reasoning was non-existent. Other traumatic brain injury accidents can occur as a result of sports injuries among students and athletes, falls, reckless behavior, or throwing people into pools, yards and into the air at concerts. The Brain Trauma Foundation cites TBI as the leading cause of death among children, sadly, due to child abuse, falling and being dropped (intentionally or unintentionally).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur each year, and while we do not want to consume ourselves with those thoughts, it’s not unlikely that some type of incident won’t happen to you or to someone you know. Injuries like these are common, yet every one of them is different, and each one affects different parts the brain. There’s no telling how long recovery will occur, or whether it will ever happen. Many of us remember actress Natasha Richardson injured in a ski accident when she hit her head after a fall. She said she had a headache and felt dizzy, lapsed into a coma and eventually died a few short days later. Head injuries are not to be taken lightly in any form. It’s important to know the signs of a concussion and other abnormal actions. Immediate signs come in the form of dizziness, headache, blurred vision and fatigue.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury and are not sure where to start to begin the process of seeking compensation, our firm of specialists can talk to you about your situation, and outline the best steps to take. Some things cannot be prevented, but we can do our best in the aftercare to secure the future.