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Brain injury victims in Connecticut may experience unpredictable effects

Those who sustain a brain injury in an accident may experience consequences that affect their emotions, physical capabilities and cognitive skills.

Every year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to many cases of permanent disability and death in Connecticut and throughout the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the 1.7 million people who sustain head injuries annually, 275,000 are hospitalized and 52,000 die.

The potential consequences of a TBI

Those who survive an accident that causes them to sustain a TBI may experience a wide range of different consequences that, according to WebMD, can affect their:

  • Behavior and emotions-after incurring a TBI, a person may become abnormally irritable, impatient, aggressive or sluggish and experience a reduced tolerance to stress.
  • Physical capabilities-a person who sustains a brain injury may experience persistent headaches, paralysis, tremors, seizures, slurred speech, sleep disorders and extreme physical fatigue.
  • Perceptual abilities-when a person sustains trauma to his or her head, he or she may have a difficult time sensing time and may experience balance issues, disorders of smell and taste and a heightened sensitivity to pain.
  • Cognitive skills-a person who incurs a TBI may have a hard time processing information, expressing his or her thoughts and understanding others.

The Brain Injury Association of America states that the effects of a brain injury vary in every situation and the consequences victims experience depend on factors like the cause and location of the injury in addition to the severity of the trauma. While some TBI victims recover from the symptoms of the trauma fairly quickly, others experience permanent effects that last for an extended period of time after the initial trauma occurs.

Recovering from a brain injury

After sustaining a brain injury, WebMD states that patients often benefit from rehabilitative care, which may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and psychological support. However, there are several steps TBI victims can take on their own to promote recovery, states the BIAA.

For example, after the initial trauma occurs, TBI victims should get plenty of rest, avoid participating in any activity that could result in another head injury and avoid consuming alcohol until their doctor tells them that it is alright to do so. Additionally, TBI victims should only take medications that their doctor has approved and write down tasks and other things that they have a hard time remembering.

Seeking compensation

Since TBIs are an unpredictable type of injury, those in Connecticut who sustain one may require extensive rehabilitative and medical care for an unknown period of time. If you or one of your loved ones incurred a brain injury in an accident or work injury, speak with an attorney to determine what compensation may be available to you.

Keywords: TBI, brain injury, accident