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What effects could a traumatic brain injury have?

When a person suffers a head injury, the consequences could be long-lasting. A traumatic brain injury can not only impact a person's life and health, but can affect his or her family who may have to provide long-term care and assistance with finances. Though potential for financial, emotional and physical costs are high, if the injury was caused by another party in some way, the victim or his or her family may be able to file a civil claim against those responsible. Arizona families may find it helpful to understand just what a brain injury is and could result in to see the context of how civil litigation may be warranted.

The two types of brain injuries can have similar effects. Traumatic injuries are typically the result of an impact to the head, perhaps if something penetrates the skull and brain, causes bleeding in the brain, causes the brain to hit the skull on the opposite side of impact, or causes injury in another way. The other type of injury is the result of oxygen deprivation, called an acquired brain injury, typically occurring at birth due, but can also be sustained in other ways.

Brain injuries can have many different, serious results. Some injuries affect a person's ability to regulate his or her emotions, which can cause other, far-reaching effects on a victim's and family's well being. Motor skills and other physical abilities may also be affected, requiring victims to use mobility aids. Also, a person could have difficulty with different cognitive processes such as memory. Any of these injures could make it difficult for a victim to maintain employment and care for him- or herself.

A potential civil claim will be based on the precise circumstances of the brain injury suffered. More information on the effects of a traumatic brain injury may be helpful for Arizona families who have been affected by a similar situation. A victim and his or her family have the right to explore their legal options and choose the course that is best for them.

Source: FindLaw, "Brain Injury Lawsuit FAQs", , Sept. 8, 2014

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