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A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can be a frightening and life changing event. Even when you do not lose consciousness, the effects can be dramatic. The changes you experience can effect every part of your life, and often last a lifetime.
TBI occurs when the brain is injured by an outside force like a blow to the head. 17% of all TBIs are caused by car crashes, but those injuries tend to be more severe than other causes like falls. Hospitals and medical providers measure the severity of TBI based on how long a person loses consciousness.
But often the continuing disability is the result of secondary injury including pressure and swelling that happen after the initial blow to the head. The bruising damages the nerves, which causes changes in the person’s abilities and behaviors. It is impossible to tell what problems may emerge at the time of the injury.
The most debilitating effects of TBI impact a person’s physical abilities. Injuries to the brain stem can cause paralysis, while other parts of the brain affect coordination, balance, and endurance. While most TBI victims can continue to live independently, in its most severe forms these effects can require on-going rehabilitative care and living assistance.
Even in less severe cases the cognitive and behavioral effects of TBI can be life-changing. The injury can affect the way people think, their concentration, and their ability to communicate. Injuries to the front of the brain can also cause changes to personality and behavior. These effects often go undiagnosed and can impact a person’s employment, family life, and even the ability to live independently.
TBI is a complex injury that develops over time and can affect every area of a person’s life, But the effects of TBI can be minimized with early detection, treatment, and rehabilitative care. Because of this, it is important for victims of car accidents involving TBI to be seen by the right doctors as quickly as possible.
The brain injury experts at Christensen Law can help you or your family member connect with the best professionals and get the No-Fault insurance provider to cover your expenses. Contact Christensen Law today to schedule a consultation.