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Ohio brain injuries have special considerations

Getting hurt in a car accident often leads to injuries that can seriously affect your life. When the injury suffered in the accident is a traumatic brain injury, almost every aspect of life can be affected. Knowing how brain injuries can affect a loved one might help as you go through the healing process after a horrible accident.

Traumatic brain injuries can lead to problems that include a decline in cognitive abilities, physical abilities and communication abilities. The cognitive decline can mean the person who was injured has difficulty remembering even the most basic of tasks. Physical ability decline can mean having to learn to walk, losing hearing abilities or losing coordination skills. The decline in communication might mean not being able to focus on a conversation or not being able to articulate thoughts. This is only a short list of the plethora of effects of a traumatic brain injury.

The type of brain injury suffered often determines the affects. In a car accident, a person might suffer a closed brain injury if his or her head hits the steering wheel or a window. If something, such as a piece of metal, penetrates the skull, that would be a penetrating brain injury.

In both cases, the injury might have immediate effects, such a bleeding or nerve damage. There could be other effects of the brain injury that don't manifest for a long time after the accident. Infection, fevers, brain swelling and epilepsy are a small sampling of what can happen days or even months after Ohio brain injuries.

The common denominator in all brain injuries is that these brain injuries can have a long-term effect on the finances of the victim. Having to pay for medical care, therapy and medications all while potentially not being able to work, it is easy to see why these injuries are so costly. Anyone who has suffered from a brain injury during a car accident might opt to seek compensation from the driver who was at fault for the accident. Understanding how to do so might help to minimize the stress of the process.

Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, "Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)" Sep. 07, 2014

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