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Traumatic brain injury can cause long-term effects

Every day when we hop in our cars to head to work, we run the risk of being involved in an accident on the streets of Los Angeles. No matter how carefully we drive, there's always the other guy who might not take as much care. An accident could be a minor fender bender, or it could lead to something much more serious, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBIs causes about 30 percent of all injury deaths in the United States. Falls, followed being struck by an object and car accidents, are the most frequent causes of TBIs, according to the agency.

The effects of a moderate to severe TBI can hamper someone for the rest of their lives. The victim's family likely will be forced to deal with the repercussions of the TBI, and it can be daunting.

This list of potential side effects is long, and even if a TBI sufferer appears to have recovered completely, some side effects never will go away. They can be categorized as:

  • Disabilities and motor deficits. These can include paralysis, vision problems, loss of fine motor skills, uncontrolled movements and thought or memory problems.
  • Problems with relationships. This can affect both personal and business relationships and could create difficulty in keeping a job.
  • Physical challenges. These include trouble sleeping, fatigue, difficulty swallowing, chronic pain, loss of bowel and bladder functions and seizures.
  • Cognitive problems. These include a lack of focus or concentration, confusion, difficulty processing language and an inability to determine right from wrong.
  • Difficulty with speech and language, which can include trouble understanding what is being said, slurred speech or lack of reading comprehension.
  • Lack of sensory perception, such as difficulty processing the five senses. Also, vision, hearing, smell and taste can be impacted.
  • Social, behavioral or emotional problems, such as irritability, depression or aggression.

This is just a partial list of the potential effects of moderate or severe TBIs. A patient must learn new ways to do things and will require rehabilitation and medical assistance as part of the recovery process, which could be ongoing.

The expenses undoubtedly will be high, and the at-fault driver in the accident that left the victim with a TBI should be held responsible for the costs.

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