It's estimated that about 2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. The Mayo Clinic defines a TBI as an injury that occurs when an external force causes brain dysfunction, and generally it results from a hard blow to the head or body.
This type of injury could be caused by a fall, a motor-vehicle accident or a strike by or against an object. No two brain injuries are alike, but it is best to understand the possible outcomes.
The effects of a TBI
The effects of a brain injury vary based on many different factors, such as the severity and location of the injury. When the left side of the brain is affected, the injury causes difficulty in language and logic processing. The right side of the brain deals with creative processes, so an injury may result in difficulty in visual memory or altered creativity. Sometimes, the injuries are throughout the brain, which may leave an individual confused, tired and unable to concentrate.
The changes victims suffer
TBIs change the way a person acts and feels, and an injured party may have trouble walking or completing other simple physical tasks. A TBI can also make it difficult to regulate body temperature and control body functions, such as bladder or bowel movements. Some patients forget simple tasks that they performed all their life. Many people with TBIs go on to lead full lives, but must learn to manage their symptoms and complications through different strategies.
A TBI changes lives, possibly forever, and some effects do not show up immediately. Anyone who was injured by another's negligence, in a motor vehicle accident or at a place of business should talk to an attorney.