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Effects of a traumatic brain injury can last a lifetime

It is estimated that many thousands of individuals suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. However, scientists believe that, for an injury so common, there is still a great deal that is not understood about it. When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury in Pennsylvania that was caused by the negligence of another, he or she is typically entitled to file a personal injury claim in a civil court.

Around 2.5 million TBI-related visits to the emergency room took place in 2010. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that TBIs also contributed to over 50,000 deaths that same year. TBIs can be difficult to diagnose, as they may present themselves differently. Victims often exhibit different symptoms for the same malady. Thus, those who suffer a TBI might not even know the impact it could have on their health for months or even years.

An individual suffering a TBI might seem okay and alert in an emergency room. However, there's a good chance they may forget when their doctor instructed them to be cognizant of TBI symptoms, which sometimes take several days -- or longer -- to appear. This type of injury can even affect a victim's ability to talk, relate to other people and even their ability to remember and focus. For example, after a such an injury, situations that were once handled easily suddenly become incredibly stressful, and things that were once remembered easily, such as appointments and plans, can often be forgotten.

When an individual suffers a traumatic brain injury due to an accident that was caused by another individual's negligence, the victim is typically entitled to file a personal injury claim for any documented monetary damages incurred as a result of the accident. Many TBIs require the victim to undergo various forms of therapy -- including cognitive rehabilitation, physical and psychiatry. The entry of a monetary judgment can help to ease some of the financial stresses that are often associated with these types of injuries. Many Pennsylvania individuals who have suffered a TBI should seek medical attention immediately and may also benefit by consulting an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: inforum.com, "Traumatic brain injury changes how Fargo man lives his life", Tracy Frank, Dec. 20, 2015

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