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What is a brain injury?

When the brain is hurt in an accident, the victim is said to have sustained a brain injury. These injuries are considered to be traumatic, no matter their severity.
Within the realm of personal injury law, a blow or jolt sustained by the head can lead to a traumatic brain injury. Such an injury may also be caused if the skull is penetrated by an object. When the brain is injured, disruption to its normal activities may occur. Other types of brain injuries are considered to be acquired. These occur when there is a lack of oxygen to the brain during a surgical procedure, or when there is a stroke or aneurysm.

When the brain is damaged, there may be cognitive or physical impairments that result. Cognitive impairments may include poor judgment, memory loss, trouble concentrating or mood changes. Physical impairments may include seizures, imbalance and fatigue. Because each brain injury is unique, it is impossible to predict how a victim will be affected.

Brain injuries are difficult to diagnose with exam and imaging. In most cases, these medical procedures are coupled with a history of the event and by waiting for conditions or impairments to emerge. Whether a person recovers from a brain injury is dependent upon many factors, not the least of which is prompt medical attention.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident in Pensacola, you have rights. An experienced attorney can assist you in determining what those rights are and in taking the next applicable steps.