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How does a traumatic brain injury change your life?

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Getting into a car crash or experiencing a slip-and-fall accident isn't something anyone plans to do. Still, accidents happen all the time. If you hit your head when you fell or were hit in the head with something, you may have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Blunt force trauma to the head, which could happen by something dropped on you at work or striking the steering column during an accident, can also lead to a TBI. You can even develop a TBI without hitting anything, if your head gets shaken around enough.

Did you get knocked out?

If you passed out or lost consciousness for even a second after an accident or injury, you should monitor yourself carefully in the upcoming weeks for any other symptoms or signs of a brain injury. Of course, you can have a TBI and not lose consciousness at the time of the accident. In fact, some people don't have major symptoms for days or even weeks after the accident. That's why you should always seek medical care after a blow to the head or after an accident.

Why it's important to take care of your brain

As you probably know, your brain controls everything you do. From your personality and mood to your ability to remember things and fine motor skills, it's all handled by the brain.

Depending on what part of your brain gets injured and how serious your head injury is, you could wind up permanently disabled as the result of a TBI. A brain injury can affect your ability to perform your job, care for yourself or even just enjoy your daily life. If your TBI impacts your cognitive function or physical ability to move, you could require nursing care or help from a family member or spouse for many aspects of daily life.

Because your brain controls who you are, a TBI can change a person's personality and result in different moods or behaviors when compared to before the TBI. Adjusting to these changes is possible, but support from a therapist or counselor can make it easier for everyone.

What do I do if I have had a brain injury?

Understanding that you or someone you love developed a TBI is the first step to making the best of a difficult situation. Medical intervention could help reduce the symptoms and issues caused by the TBI. In some cases, early intervention could prevent additional damage due to bleeding or swelling. Medical assistance can also help improve issues with motor function through physical and occupational therapy.

Unfortunately, getting the medical treatment you need and compensation for missed work and pain and suffering is not easy. Talk to a personal injury attorney about your options. While no amount of money can make up for what you have lost, it can provide you and your family with some financial security for your future.

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