Traumatic Brain Injury and Its Aftereffects

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Whenever you hit your head or simply suffer from painful head movements like whiplash, you can develop a traumatic brain injury. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 52,000 people die each year due to traumatic brain injuries, or TBI. Even if brain trauma does not cost a person his or her life, they can still be left with debilitating aftereffects, sometimes for the rest of their lives.

First, TBIs can be caused in two main ways: closed head trauma and open head trauma. Open head wounds occur when an object or a hard surface cracks the skull and penetrates the brain tissue, directly tearing into the delicate brain. Closed head trauma, on the other hand, occurs due to blunt force trauma or motions like severe head shaking.

With closed head trauma, the risks of permanent injury depend on the extent of the swelling or bleeding inside the brain. Snapping the head back and forth can cause the brain to slide around in the skull, tearing blood vessels and causing damage. However, there is not much room inside the skull besides the space for the brain, so any swelling or bleeding that occurs as a result of the TBI can place dangerous amounts of pressure on the delicate brain tissue. If left untreated, this pressure can cause the brain tissue to die.

After a brain injury, you can suffer from long-lasting and sometimes permanent side effects. Of course, the extent of the side effects depends on the amount of brain damage caused by the swelling or bleeding. Common TBI aftereffects include:

  • Memory problems

  • Sleeping issues, such as insomnia or narcolepsy

  • Feelings of anger

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Difficult with organization

  • Decreased ability to multitask

Brain injuries can result in years of medical treatment and therapy to help you overcome their side effects. If you have suffered a TBI due to another's negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help with these expenses. To discuss your case, contact a tenacious Milwaukee personal injury lawyer [] from Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., today.

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