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Basic Brain Injury Information

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Your brain is in charge of everything your body does, says, feels, and thinks. It controls your immune system, hormones, breathing, and circulation. Your brain allows you to experience emotions and find ways to express those emotions. Without the brain’s signals, nothing in your body would know what to do. A traumatic brain injury could mildly or severely impact those functions.

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The brain is intricate and complex, so when someone receives a jolt or a hard blow to the head, there are various areas that could become affected. A traumatic brain injury results after such a jolt or blow, and disrupts brain function. Not every injury results in TBI, and not every TBI is severe — though there are some that could result in long-term problems, or sometimes even death.

What Are Common Causes?

There are a lot of ways individuals can end up with TBI. Causes range from falling off a roof to falling down the stairs. Someone who plays football could get a brain injury after a tackle, and someone else who does ballet could get dropped and end up with a TBI as well. The most common causes include military attacks, violence or gunshots, car accidents, and falls.

What Is the Result?

Every TBI patient will experience something different. One person may lose all function of the legs, while another might experience severe mental disabilities. An adult might have to relearn to walk, and a child might never speak again. Impairments include physical functions, cognitive abilities, emotional functions, and behavioral issues. Some common results are:

  • Slow information processing
  • Poor judgment
  • Memory loss
  • Seizures
  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes
  • Impulsivity

Who Can Experience TBI?

Because there are so many causes, anyone is at risk of experiencing TBI. This includes infants, children, teenagers, adults and seniors. An infant could have a fall out of the crib, resulting in brain injury. A child could be a victim of domestic violence. A teenager could get injured during a sporting event. An adult could be in a car accident. A senior could fall down the stairs. As you can see, everyone has the potential to experience TBI because everyone alive is at risk of some of these basic accidents.

What You Should Do After Being Diagnosed

If you suffered symptoms of TBI and were recently diagnosed, you might wonder what to do next. The good news is, you don’t have to fight it on your own. Many brain injuries are the result of another party’s negligence. In such a case, you can work with a lawyer to receive compensation from that party. Contact a brain injury lawyer, like a brain injury lawyer in Memphis, TN, to get started.

Thanks to Darrell Castle and Associates, PLLC, for their insight into some of the basic information about brain injuries. 

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