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Challenges faced by people with traumatic brain injuries

Among people in Pennsylvania with traumatic brain injuries, the symptoms can span a wide range of physical, behavioral and cognitive changes. Sometimes a person can recover, but others may require care and support for the rest of their lives.

Many cognitive problems result from traumatic brain injuries. An injured person may experience poor memory, inability to understand abstractions, loss of reading and writing abilities, poor judgment and a whole host of thinking difficulties. Physical problems that arise range from paralysis to seizures. Sleep loss, sexual function changes, weakness and vision problems are common as well.

The behavioral changes associated with brain injury can make a person no longer seem like who he or she used to be. Emotions can shift suddenly, and inappropriate behaviors may begin. A person might lose empathy for others and tend to be overly self-centered. Depression is a common risk. He or she might also tend to become easily frustrated and irritable.

Concussions from moderate blows to the head are a common cause of mild brain injuries. They sometimes go undiagnosed. Gunshots to the head, severe head blows and brain tissue tearing in motor vehicle accidents can result in severe brain traumas.

Because brain injuries can produce long-term disability, a person who suffered one as a result of negligence may be able to recover damages from a responsible party. An attorney could advise someone of his or her rights to compensation in a situation in which medical malpractice is suspected. If a physician missed diagnosing a brain injury, the financial toll on the patient's life could be high. An attorney might be able to determine if medical records could support a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for lost income and permanent disability.

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