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Catastrophic injuries: TBI brings dramatic life changes

Life after a traumatic brain injury is hard to imagine. Just like all other catastrophic injuries, TBI affects not only the victim but also his or her family members and friends. Tennessee families might find comfort in learning that, if the negligence of another party caused such an injury, potential damage recovery options may be available.

TBI can range from mild to severe, and the consequences can be long-term or short-term. Victims can suffer permanent or temporary aftereffects -- often life-altering. Brain injuries typically cause unconsciousness, and the level and length of this state usually determine the severity. Mild and minor brain injuries could cause headaches, disturbed sleep patterns, fatigue, seizures, mood swings and depression, but a TBI could also resolve within about one year.

Unconsciousness for a period of 30 minutes up to 24 hours indicates moderate TBI, and it could cause partial paralysis and diminished communication and cognitive skills. Rehabilitation therapy can bring recovery over time. Severe TBI occurs when the injured person remains comatose for a period exceeding 24 hours, and it could lead to a permanent vegetative condition. At this level, TBI could even cause death.

All brain injuries can cause life-altering trauma, and victims and their families typically experience physical, financial and emotional hardships. They do not have to deal with these challenges on their own because the Tennessee civil justice system allows victims of negligence by other parties to pursue claims for damage recovery. A personal injury attorney with experience in fighting for the rights of those who suffered catastrophic injuries can provide the necessary support and guidance to pursue recovery of documented monetary damages.

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