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Brain injuries Q and A

Injuries to the head can have long-lasting effects. Those in South Carolina and elsewhere who have suffered brain injuries are likely to have questions that need answers in order to help them move forward. This week's column will address some of the questions most commonly asked by victims of such injuries.

What causes a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? This type of injury occurs when someone experiences a sudden blow to the head. The most common causes of TBIs are falls and auto accidents -- making up 52.5 percent of all brain injury cases in the United States.

What are the effects of a TBI? Traumatic brain injuries can have both physical and psychological effects on the injured. Depending on the severity of the injury, it can affect one's ability to control all or parts of one's body, disrupt one's ability to communicate and even alter one's emotional state. For some, TBIs can also increase their chances of developing Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.

How are TBIs treated? There are various treatment options used to care for TBIs, depending on the severity of one's injury. Some include:

  • Neurological evaluation, release and follow-up
  • Surgery
  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Outpatient rehabilitation
  • Medication
  • Home care

What does it cost to treat a TBI? Again, severity matters when it comes to answering this question. Mild cases that do not have long-term effects can cost a relatively small amount. Severe cases that require lifetime care, on the other hand, can cost over $1 million. Every case will be different.

South Carolina residents who have suffered brain injuries will go through a lot physically, emotionally and financially. Those whose injuries are the result of another person's negligence may be entitled to seek compensation for any damages sustained. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist brain injury victims in seeking relief through legal means which, if successful, could allow them the ability to afford the care needed.

Source: brainline.org, "Frequently Asked Questions", Accessed on April 10, 2017

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