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The long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury

Whether it is due to a fall in the workplace, an incident on another's property or a motor vehicle accident, suffering a head trauma will likely be a life-changing injury for victims in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. A traumatic brain injury or a TBI occurs when a victims suffers a bump, blow or jolt to the head. This injury disrupts the functions of the brain and could have serious long-term effects.

Roughly 140 people in the United States die every day from a TBI, and this serious medical condition could affect an accident victim's brain and nervous system for the rest of his or her life. According to neuroscientists, a TBI is likely a response to a mechanical injury or damage to the brain and brain tissue. The tearing of the axons and dendrites from neurons and the release of glutamate harms neurons and could even cause cell death.

TBIs could result in permanent disabilities and are very costly injuries to treat. In fact, brain injuries cost the U.S. economy $60 billion in 2001.

The severity of a TBI plays a major role in the impacts it will have on a victim's life. Severity not only determines the future mental and physical capabilities of the victim, but a severe TBI is more costly to treat and rehabilitate. Additionally, if a victim is college-aged, he or she could lose out on educational experiences due to the inability to focus and retain information.

The damages related to a TBI could be tremendous; therefore, accident victims should understand the recourses available to them. If a negligent party caused the accident that resulted in a TBI, it is possible to hold them accountable. A personal injury claim could help an injured party recover compensation and cover medical expenses, losses and other related damages.

Source: The Daily Targum, "Researcher explains effects of brain injuries," Akhil Gumidyala, Oct. 10, 2016

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