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Traumatic brain injury: Several points to consider

Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most difficult ones to deal with because the effects are usually global, meaning they affect the entire body. When the traumatic brain injury is caused by a blow to the head, there are very specific considerations that must be looked into.

The location of the hit is the first consideration. Typically, the area that was hit and the area below the point of impact are the ones that will suffer the most damage. This is one thing that makes brain injuries so devastating, because the functions controlled by the exact location of the hit to head aren't the only ones that are affected.

The type of hit to the head is the next consideration. A blast injury, for example, can cause injuries across the brain. Multiple points of impact can also lead to catastrophic damage to the brain. A spinning jolt can cause widespread damage by stretching or severing cellular structures.

The known effects of the brain injury are another consideration. When the brain injury occurs, there is a chance that there is only one actual point of impact. Because of the movement of the head when it is struck, there is a chance that other areas of the brain might be affected due to collateral damage. Doctors can consider the effects of the injury to determine what points of the brain are impacted by the injury.

The road to recovery after a brain injury is often long and difficult. This can be a very expensive journey, so seeking compensation might be another important consideration after a traumatic brain injury that was due to reckless or negligent behavior from another person.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed Feb. 22, 2017

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