Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury is one of the most devastating injuries you may have to deal with. More than just physical damage, a TBI can affect almost every area of a person’s functioning, including coma, loss of ability to process information, loss of ability to control emotions, loss of ability to be self-aware of your injury, and much more.
Estimates from the Center for Disease Control have stated that around 1.7 million individuals face this situation each year. Many of these will lead to a permanent disability, while others will cause a fatality. These injuries are believed to contribute to around a third of the injury related deaths that occur in the United States.
Anatomy of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
The brain is the main control unit of the body. Together with the spinal cord it makes up the central nervous system and is a power house for a range of functions. It is one of the most important organs in the body. It is the most complex part of the body, meaning there are many areas under its control that can be disturbed.
The Effects of Brain Damage on a Life
The brain can be affected in different ways, whether it is through a significant blow to the head or a piece of the skull that finds its way into the brain. The damage can be seen in a number of ways, including physically. Since the brain is the main controller of the nervous system, the control a person has over their body can be altered. This may be over muscle control, and some victims can even face paralysis. Senses can be affected, altering a person’s ability to feel or smell. It can also change mental abilities and a person can find themselves thinking differently, or unable to remember or reason through information. They can experience different emotions, becoming more anxious or aggressive.
It is a devastating event for the families of a TBI victim when they are forced to watch their loved one suffer and turn into someone they do not even recognize. It can change many aspects of their personality so that they are no longer themselves. Some illnesses are already more common the older a person becomes and suffering a TBI can increase the chance for some of these.
The cost of these ongoing medical expenses is significant, being responsible for billions of dollars each year. Those that deal with these can face an incredibly high amount of medical expenses. There may be the initial hospital stay and the possibility of reoccurring healthcare costs. For families that have lost a loved one, they can deal with the expense of a hospital stay before their loved one passes, and even the funeral expenses afterwards. It is often critical to seek compensation in these cases to reduce the amount that is suffered.
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