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Accidents and the brain: How a head injury can change life

Until the invention of modern modes of transportation, the physical structure of the body was sufficient enough to provide protection for the most critical of bodily organs -- the brain. However, since people found new and faster ways of traveling, the brain has become more susceptible to a serious head injury and the myriad of physical and mental problems that come with one. Many Texas families may be struggling to cope with the aftermath of one of these catastrophic wounds.

A serious head trauma can happen to anyone, though a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is more likely to happen to a male between the ages of 15 and 24; however, older victims are also common. A closed head injury is also more likely to result in more serious injuries as the inside structure of the skull is jagged, which causes more damage when a violent impact causes the brain to collide with these rough edges. The damage can be caused from the impact itself, swelling of the tissues or from internal bleeding.

Once a TBI has occurred, the brain will start to recover on its own. However, the victim may suffer permanent damage, depending upon the portion of the brain that suffered the greatest injury. Some of the lasting effects can vary from memory loss and difficulty with language up to either partial or complete loss of limb function or a even a coma. Some victims may appear to make a full physical recovery but still struggle with emotional or mental deficits throughout their lives.

The estimated costs of caring for someone with a significant TBI can range from about $600,000 to $2 million. The majority of Texas families do not have the financial resources to meet these enormous costs. If a loved one has suffered a serious head injury as the result of a bicycle or other type of accident caused by the negligence of another party, a personal injury attorney may be able to help. A successful civil lawsuit may result in monetary compensation intended to ensure the victim receives the necessary care.

Source: christopherreeve.org, "Brain injury", Accessed on May 7, 2017

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