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Traumatic brain injuries can completely change your life

Your brain controls every aspect of your life, from your breathing to your personality. After a work or vehicular accident, or if you were injured in a car accident, you may suffer from head trauma that causes a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

It can take months or years to recover after a TBI, and certain functions and abilities may never completely return. However, a TBI doesn't mean that your life is over. Instead, it requires making adjustments, from changing careers to potentially retiring early due to disability. It's important to note that doctors are not always able to identify a TBI immediately after an accident.

In some cases, it can take weeks for the symptoms of a TBI to fully present, leading to a delay in diagnosis. That doesn't mean that your accident wasn't the cause. Depending on the circumstances, the other driver or an employer may be responsible for your lost wages and medical expenses. The best way to determine that is to speak with someone who understands TBIs and personal injury law. If you or someone that you love has suffered a TBI, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.

TBIs can cause a wide range of symptoms

Generally, people who have a TBI are grouped into two categories: mild and severe. Mild TBIs may cause short-term loss of consciousness at the time of the accident. Later on, those with a mild TBI may experience confusion, headaches, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, frustration and memory loss. Even a mild TBI can permanently impact your ability to perform your job or tasks of daily living.

While the injury is classified as mild, the symptoms and consequences can be quite severe for those who experience the TBI and their closest friends and family members.

Severe TBIs carry even worse symptoms than mild TBIs. The injured person may have lost consciousness for more than 30 minutes after the injury. The victim may experience similar cognitive issues to those with mild TBIs, as well as issues with motor functions. Some people with severe TBIs have trouble using their limbs, speaking and using language as they did before the accident, loss of their ability to think clearly and severe emotional issues. Sometimes, they may be in a comatose state for weeks or months. There is no cure for TBIs, but there are interventions that can make life simpler.

An attorney can help if you have a TBI

If you or someone you love has recently been injured in an accident and suffered a TBI, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can advocate on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you need to maintain a basic standard of living after a TBI. That can include recovering lost wages and medical expenses. It can be hard adjusting to life after a TBI. Don't try to do it alone! Your attorney can be your best advocate after a serious accident.

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