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When brain injuries happen

It was a bad accident on a July afternoon. 14-year-old Kieran W. was on her way to a soccer tournament when a semi-truck broadsided her family's station wagon. Kieran was critically injured, including head trauma, fractured pelvis, lacerated spleen and a punctured lung. Kieran woke up from her coma with left-sided paralysis. She spent months in rehab learning how to redo the basics like eating, walking and talking before being released home in a wheelchair. Kieran had a traumatic brain injury.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

According to the CDC, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a violent blow, penetrating head injury or even a bump. Serious injuries can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain. 

How common is TBI?

Every year, about 1.4 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury. Annually, TBI contributes to nearly 50,000 deaths. Motor vehicle crashes were the third leading cause TBI-related emergency room visits, hospital stays and deaths.

After the accident

After an accident that results in a traumatic brain injury, most people do not know what to do next. Often, the insurance company will dispute the claim and try to reduce the compensation or deny it altogether. Personal injury attorneys can help their clients fight for their rights and pursue financial compensation for lost income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses and damages. With the help of a personal injury attorney, you can pursue compensation for your injuries and start the process of moving on with your life again.

Long-term effects of brain injury

This compensation is important because symptoms of brain injury can stay with the victim for the rest of their life. Almost half of the patients hospitalized for a brain injury had a brain injury-related disability a year after the injury. Some of the short-term and long-term issues resulting from brain injury include:

  • Cognitive function: memory and attention
  • Motor function: weakness of extremities, impaired coordination and balance
  • Sensation: hearing and vision changes, impaired perception and touch
  • Emotion: anxiety and depression, aggression, lack of impulse control and personality changes

There is hope, however. Kieran pushed herself in rehab and was able to rejoin her team on the field again—wearing protective headgear—the following summer.

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