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What does it mean to suffer a traumatic brain injury in a crash?

Car accidents on Louisiana's roadways result in a variety of serious injuries that have significant impact on the victims' lives. One of the injuries that could significantly alter the way a victim lives is a traumatic brain injury. In some cases, the full extent of the damage may not be known for days or even weeks into the recovery process.

Not all traumatic brain injuries are the result of a blow to the head. In a vehicle impact, the brain can be violently thrown back and forth inside the skull. There may not even be any outward signs of the injury, but that does not mean that it is not serious. Motor vehicle accidents account for nearly 14.3 percent of the TBIs suffered in the United States, and many of those individuals live with permanent affects.

The damage can affect both physical and cognitive abilities. Even a person's personality can undergo disturbing and debilitating changes. In addition to the emergency care needed in order to prevent any further damage and to stabilize a patient, many often require extensive care and rehabilitation after discharge from the hospital. The impact on victims and their families encompasses a wide range of physical, mental and emotional issues, but the financial losses can also wreak havoc.

If the accident that led to the traumatic brain injury resulted from the negligence of another, it may be possible to receive restitution for those financial losses. An investigation could provide the necessary evidence to establish that negligence in court. Discussing the matter with a Louisiana personal injury attorney may reveal that a lawsuit is the best course of action.

Source: caregiver.org, "Traumatic Brain Injury", Accessed on June 4, 2017

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