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Brain injury sufferers should be familiar with resources to help

Brain injuries can impact anyone and have a significant impact on victims, their families, communities and society as a whole. They can take a physical, financial and emotional toll on victims and their families. Traumatic brain injuries occur due to motor vehicle accidents and other types of trauma that can happen to the brain. Closed head injuries can be all-too common and may result in traumatic brain injuries that may not always be immediately noticed.

Brain injuries include cognitive symptoms, physical symptoms and emotional symptoms. Cognitive symptoms can include confusion, memory loss, difficulty paying attention, difficulty processing information, impaired reasoning or judgment and a lack of impulse control, among other potential symptoms. Physical symptoms can include headaches, fatigue, decreased balance, difficulty swallowing and a variety of other symptoms depending on the nature and severity of the brain injury. Emotional symptoms can include general behavioral issues, mood swings, anger, anxiety and depression, as well as other symptoms.

When a victim has suffered a brain injury, such as one that results from a car accident, they may face an unexpectedly changed world and may be facing a challenging future. The costs of brain injuries can be significant physically, financially and emotionally. As a result, when a traumatic brain injury has been suffered because of the negligence or carelessness of another party, such as a negligent driver, they may be able to recover compensation for the damages suffered through personal injury legal options.

The lives of victims and families may be altered forever because of a traumatic brain injury. Brain injury sufferers should be aware of the wide variety of resources, including legal resources, available to help them following an accident and resulting brain injury.

Source: Brain Injury Association of Virginia, "Brain Injury 101," Accessed Dec. 15, 2016

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