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