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A deeper look at the causes, symptoms and treatment of TBIs

No one ever expects to be in a serious accident. Even more so, victims do not expect to suffer serious injuries such as brain trauma. Brain injury victims in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation are likely to incur long-term effects. This not only impacts the victim physically, mentally and emotionally, but it is also likely to affect them financially. For some individuals suffering a traumatic brain injury or a TBI, the recovery and treatment process could be lengthy and challenging.

A TBI is an injury to the head that results in damage to the brain. There are many causes of TBI's; however, many of them include an outside force such as a bump to the head, a foreign object penetrating the skull of a victim or the brain violently bouncing or twisting inside a victim's skull due to sudden jolts. Between 2006 and 2010, falls accounted for roughly 40 percent of all recorded TBIs in the United States.

It is important to note that not all TBIs result in the same symptoms. In some cases, TBIs can be hard to recognize or diagnose because they do not always result in a victim blacking out or losing consciousness. In some cases, it may not be apparent that a victim has suffered a TBI right away. In fact, it may take several days or weeks to materialize. Moderate to severe TBIs often include headaches that get worse or do not go away, convulsions, slurred speech, an inability to awaken from sleep, nausea, weakness, loss or coordination increases confusion and agitation.

Rest is a common treatment for mild TBIs. However, for moderate to severe TBI victims, it is important to maintain the victim's blood pressure, keep oxygen supply normal and prevent any additional injury to the head or rest of the body. Thus, it is common for victims to require hospitalization. In some cases, surgery is required, especially if a foreign object has damaged the brain.

TBI victims are likely to require rehabilitation and a lengthy treatment plan. In some cases, a victim may never fully recover. No matter the severity of the injury, it is important that brain injury sufferers understand their legal rights. If a negligent party caused an accident that led to a brain injury, it is possible to hold that party liable for the injury and any losses suffered.

Source: Livescience.com, "Traumatic Brain Injury: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment," Alina Bradford, Accessed on Dec. 17, 2016

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