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The long-term impacts of a TBI

There are some severe injuries that can drastically change the life of a victim. While no one ever expects to be involved in a serious accident, no one expects to suffer from a traumatic brain injury either. Nonetheless, many residents in Connecticut suffer from this tragic injury, impacting his or her life in many ways. It can be a very costly injury that could affect the health of a victim for the rest of his or her life.

A TBI can range from minor to severe. And those living with a moderate to severe TBI are at a high risk of having long-term effects. Current research suggests that these come in the form of emotional, cognitive and behavioral problems. When compared to healthy individuals, those that suffered a TBI were likely to have more attention, emotional regulation and psychological difficulties.

When assessing the characteristic traits that emphasized these affects, it was found that those with a background of fewer years of education and depressive symptoms lead to greater psychological problems following a brain injury. It was also found that the younger the person was at the time of the injury the more likely they were to become aggressive or display rule-breaking behavior in the future.

Based on recent numbers, it is estimated that 5.3 million Americans live with a disability caused by a TBI. Additionally, these people are likely to face numerous life challenges, making it difficult to live a full and productive life. A TBI can greatly reduce the quality of life and increase the chances of requiring long-term medical care. Because of that, those suffering a TBI as a result of an accident should understand if they have any legal recourse.

If a negligent party is responsible for a victim's brain injury, it is possible to hold that party accountable through a personal injury claim. This legal action does not only place accountability on this party but also helps a victim with their recovery of compensation. This financial award could help cover medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation and other related damages.

Source: Psychcentral.com, "Exploring Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury," Jane Collingwood, Jan. 5, 2016

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