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Traumatic brain injury can causes permanent disability and death

Dallas, Texas, readers know that the brain is considered one of the most important organs in the human body, controlling both voluntary and involuntary actions, such as breathing and thinking. When a person sustains a brain injury, that person is likely to suffer from temporary to permanent disability and sometimes even death in the most severe cases.

Traumatic brain injury became a well-known subject among athletes who play contact sports, such as football. A surprising 2.5 million cases of TBI were reported in the United States in 2010, meaning that regardless of profession, anyone may suffer a TBI. Children aged four and below, adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19, as well as adults over 65 are at greater risk of suffering from TBI. A jolt, blow or bump to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury and affect the normal function of the brain, causing a sudden change in the victim's mental status, unconsciousness or amnesia. TBI can also cause a person to have mood swings or emotional problems. A person suffering from TBI often experiences demoralization, loss and despair.

Treatments available for TBI include rehabilitative interventions and drug therapy. Depending on the severity of the injury, a patient may undergo rehabilitation until the person's condition is stabilized. A neuropsychological evaluation is likely to ensue to asses any emotional and cognitive changes.

Recovering from a traumatic brain injury can be a long and expensive process. Treatments such as rehabilitation can cause financial injury to the family of the victim. One way to compensate such losses is by filing a personal injury claim if the injury was a result of someone else's negligence.

Source: Everyday Health, "Traumatic brain injury: not just a problem for athletes," Mark Herceg, May 28, 2014

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