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The unseen damages of a brain injury

The roads in California can be bustling, busy, and full of all types of vehicles. Unfortunately, the mix of large and small vehicles on the road can lead to accidents with disproportionately large injuries for one party. Some of the most impactful of these injuries can occur beyond what the eye can see, as well. Today, we will focus on brain injuries and their least expected impact.

FindLaw takes a look at the different types of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that a person could suffer from. Of the ones that are likely to be linked to a car accident, there are:

  • Contusions
  • Concussions
  • Penetration injuries
  • Diffuse axonal injuries

Contusions are localized brain bleeds caused by a direct impact to the head. These impacts also cause concussions. Penetration injuries involve foreign objects breaking through brain. Diffuse axonal injuries are tears in the brain that happen when it rubs against the inside of the skull, particularly when being shaken or rotated severely.

The Mayo Clinic takes a look at some of the symptoms of TBIs, particularly the emotional and mental damage. TBIs can affect a person's long or short term memory. They can also cause personality changes. For example, someone with a TBI may become more short-tempered, snappish, and prone to picking fights. Aggressive behaviors are common in people with TBIs. Frustration stemming from their inability to recall things can worsen these temperaments.

Caretakers dealing with loved ones who have TBIs can experience far more stress than they initially expect because of these complications. This should be something to factor in when considering what sort of compensation to seek.

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