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What are the symptoms and impacts of brain injuries?

Each day in the United States, victims die from traumatic injuries, including brain injuries. Brain injuries are exceptionally serious injuries. Brain injuries occur from a bump, blow or jolt to the head that disrupts normal brain activity. Brain injuries can occur from a variety of different types of accidents including car accidents, defective product-related injuries and falls, as well as in other situations. It is important to be able to spot the symptoms of a brain injury, but some individuals may wonder what those symptoms are.

Brain injuries can be open or closed, and the symptoms may be immediately evident or may develop over time. As a result, it is important for victims and family members to be aware of what to watch for. Symptoms of a brain injury can include loss of consciousness or confusion; dizziness or loss of vision; severe headache; numbness; excessive drowsiness; weakness in arms or legs; slurred speech and vomiting or nausea. There are also several methods doctors use to determine a brain injury.

Brain injuries can range from mild to severe. The impact of a brain injury can include cognitive disruption, emotional disruption, personality disruption and physical impacts as well. The impacts of a brain injury can be costly to treat and may require extensive medical care, time away from work and burdens and challenges placed on the victim and the victim's family.

Because of the challenges victims of brain injuries and their families may face, it is essential to understand the legal options that may be available if they were negligently harmed in an accident. It may be possible to recover damages through a personal injury legal claim to help with the recovery process.

Source: Injury.findlaw.com, "Brain Injury Symptoms and Diagnosis," Accessed Feb. 27, 2017

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