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The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries

April 22, 2013 | Michael Barasch

Traumatic brain injuries disrupt the normal functioning of the brain. They can occur in a wide variety of ways, such as a motor vehicle accident, falling debris from a construction site, or a slip and fall injury in a grocery store. In a split second, your life can change forever.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a mild traumatic brain injury may be characterized by a brief period of unconsciousness. A severe one may be characterized by an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury. Researchers have also linked traumatic brain injuries to epilepsy and an increased risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders.

The CDC explains that traumatic brain injuries can have extensive effects on those who have suffered them, including;

  • Thinking: memory and reasoning
  • Sensation: touch, taste, and smell
  • Language: communication, expression, and understanding
  • Emotion: depression, personality changes, aggression, and social inappropriateness

Children can suffer long-term effects from traumatic brain injuries. The CDC estimates that one-third of children who survive a traumatic brain injury have lasting damage as a result. Researchers have found that children who sustained a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury when they were less than three scored lower on IQ tests they were given years later. Children under four are at an especially high risk for traumatic brain injuries. Further, children who suffered any traumatic brain injuries, whether mild or severe, were found to have increased behavioral problems.

If you or your child has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you deserve an experienced New York personal injury attorney to effectively represent your interests and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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