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Knowing what to watch for following a brain injury is important

This blog recently discussed the significant costs associated with brain injuries. Because of the serious nature of brain injuries, and the fact that 138 Americans die each day due to injuries including brain injuries, it is helpful to understand how they are caused, how they are diagnosed and to be able to spot the symptoms of a brain injury when a victim or loved one has been injured. Brain injuries occur in a variety of ways and include a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the brain's normal function.

Brain injuries can be open or closed and the impact of a brain injury may be immediately evident or may take some time to discover. Brain injury symptoms include loss of consciousness or confusion; excessive drowsiness; dizziness or loss of vision; severe headache; numbness; weakness in arms or legs; slurred speech; or vomiting and nausea. The impact of a brain injury can be physical, cognitive and sensory. Brain injuries can also cause the victim to suffer mood or personality disturbances.

Brain injuries can commonly occur in car accidents or in situations related to defective products or falls. In addition, brain injuries can range from mild to severe which can impact the nature of the symptoms and the cost to treat them. Overall, a brain injury can have a significant impact on victims and their families and can require lifelong treatment, care and changes to the lives of victims and their loved ones.

Because of the serious nature of brain injuries, it is important to understand what they are and how to respond to them. One option includes legal protections when a victim has suffered a brain injury due to a negligent driver, defective product, premises liability or other accident which are important for victims and their families to be familiar with.

Source: Injury.findlaw.com, "Brain Injury Symptoms and Diagnosis," Accessed Feb. 28, 2017

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