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What is a traumatic brain injury?

Some injuries heal while others do not, resulting in lifelong after-effects for an individual. Texans know that there is a silent epidemic called traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can affect people of all ages. This type of brain injury became sensationalized due to reports of football players and other athletes who have sustained TBIs after years of playing contact sports. Aside from athletes, TBI is a common problem among veterans. Due to the widespread nature of this phenomenon, t is important to fully understand the causes of TBI and how it can impact a person's life.

You may sustain a traumatic brain injury if you were hit in the head. A person with a TBI may be experiencing psychosocial impairment or partial functional disability. Simply put, a traumatic brain injury can result in life-altering consequences. Here in Texas, an estimated 6,000 children receive medical treatment for TBI. Out of 6,000 children who were hospitalized due to TBI, 1,300 may suffer from long-term disabilities. As of now, there is no cure for a traumatic brain injury. People with TBI need rehabilitation and therapy in order for them to function normally in society.

TBI also can be the result of sports activities, falls and car accidents. Anyone who has sustained a brain injury as a result of another person's recklessness may be entitled to awards and damages. Depending on the case, a person or a family member may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the responsible party. If your loved one has sustained a brain injury due to another person's negligence, your loved one may receive compensation that can be used for past, present and future medical expenses.

TBI is not just a simple injury. A person with a traumatic brain injury will need all the support that he or she can get. Lack of access to rehabilitation or therapy facilities can impede a person's recovery.

Source: www.tea.state.tx.us, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed on Aug. 21, 2014

Source: www.tea.state.tx.us, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed on Aug. 21, 2014

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