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What should Ohio residents know about traumatic brain injuries?

We have often covered accidents that lead to brain injuries. While we have discussed the details of the accidents, we haven't ever really covered what makes brain injuries so devastating. This week, we are going to give our readers some basic information about traumatic brain injuries. Our Ohio readers might find some of this information interesting.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

A traumatic brain injury is an umbrella term that covers any injury that disrupts the way the brain normally functions. These injuries can be very severe, or they can be mild. The effects of the TBI are usually dependent upon the severity of the TBI. A concussion is a common mild TBI.

What causes a TBI?

There are a variety of things that can cause a TBI. Falls are the leading cause of TBIs. Being hit in the head, assaults and motor vehicle accidents are also possible causes of TBI. It is important to note that not all TBIs result from a direct blow to the head. A TBI can also be caused when the head is jarred in a way that jolts the brain. The can also be caused by a penetrating injury that affects the way the brain functions.

What are some signs of a TBI?

A mild TBI might cause a short change in a person's mental status. The person might lose consciousness or seem "out of it" for a little while. A severe TBI can cause significant memory loss or a prolonged loss of consciousness. Impaired thinking, changes to memory, emotional disturbances and headaches are possible with any TBI.

Anyone who suffers from a TBI that is caused by someone's negligence might choose to seek compensation. This might help to cover some of the costs associated with emergency room visits, doctor's office visits, medications, therapy and other services necessary to treat the TBI.

Source: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Fact Sheet" Oct. 26, 2014

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