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This is how a traumatic brain injury changes your life

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain is impacted by an outside force. Usually, that force is violent, like hitting your head on the ground or on a window during a car crash. Traumatic brain injuries range from minor concussions to aneurysms and other serious conditions. To diagnose the condition, your doctor may need to perform a magnetic resonance image (MRI).

Sometimes, those who suffer a TBI have to have emergency surgery to reduce pressure on the brain. Others have to be placed into medically induced comas. Others don't require anything but watching and waiting, then they're sent to rehabilitation or placed on bedrest.

Regardless of the severity of a brain injury, it has the potential to change your life at least in the short term. Even a minor concussion can take weeks to heal, leaving you with headaches and poor concentration in the meantime. More serious injuries could make it hard to talk, result in mood or personality changes or cause amnesia, just to name a few potential side effects.

A traumatic brain injury changes your life and the lives of those around you. Your spouse may need to take off work to help take care of you. Your children may not understand how to interact with you due to memory loss or other issues. You may no longer be able to work. It's true that a traumatic brain injury is devastating, and that's why it's vital that you speak with your attorney about the claim you want to make. Someone else's negligence resulted in your suffering, and you deserve compensation.

Source: Google, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed April 07, 2017

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