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Understanding the long term impact of a brain injury

A brain injury is extremely serious. Not only can this impact a person's life immediately following the injury, but the same can hold true for many years to come. In the most serious of situations, a brain injury will change a person's life forever.

Many people don't understand the long term impact of a brain injury. The reason for this is simple: no two people and no two injuries are exactly the same. For this reason, the way one person responds may not be the same as the next.

Here are some of the many reasons why it is difficult to understand the long term impact of a brain injury:

-- This is a relatively new area in regards to research and treatment.

-- Brain scans, along with other tests, are not always available early on to show the full extent of the injury.

-- The extent of secondary injuries varies greatly. This includes things such as bleeding and brain swelling.

-- Pre-injury abilities and age affect how victims recover and whether or not they are able to return to their previous level of living.

Nobody wants to think about a brain injury, as this is something that can turn your life upside down. Even so, it is important to have an understanding of what this means. This way, if you or a loved one is injured, you will have some idea of what to expect.

A brain injury can be the result of a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall or some other circumstance. Regardless of the cause, understanding the long term impact is never easy.

Ongoing care for a brain injury victim can be very expensive. One way to recoup some of the financial impact is to seek compensation when another person is responsible for the injury.

Source: The MSKTC, "Understanding TBI: Part 3 - The Recovery Process," accessed Sep. 30, 2015

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