For people in Boston, traumatic brain injury is one of the worst possible injuries and outcomes that a person can be suffered short of paralysis or death. Because the brain is such a complicated and important part of the human anatomy, relatively little is understood about how it functions. So many different things can happen when there are head injuries and many can lead to long-term injury and the need for extensive therapy just to return to some semblance of normalcy. Having a baseline understanding of how the brain can be affected by an accident is a giant step toward dealing with the aftermath of a brain injury.

It goes without saying that traumatic brain injury can be severe and take a long time to recover from. With increased research into the intricacies of how the brain functions, as well as the warning signs from a brain injury after head injuries have been suffered, it might be possible to stop these problems from manifesting themselves to the worst possible degree.

A head injury should never be taken lightly no matter how innocuous it seems. People who suffer from a traumatic brain injury might act differently than normal. They might behave in a manner that is inconsistent with their personality including rudeness, a disregard for etiquette, trouble concentrating, inability to complete basic tasks and not being able to plot strategies. Memory, the ability to think and learn are also negatively affected.

Considering the number of people who are suffering these kinds of injuries in combat, it’s imperative that they be completely understood. A baseline of treatment that runs the gamut from one patient to another and is applicable to any situation to prevent a traumatic brain injury from being misdiagnosed or made worse through a lack of knowledge can stop unnecessary damage. With the amount of pain that can result from the aftereffects of a brain injury, knowing how to move forward with the help of a qualified legal professional with knowledge of these matters can be of substantial benefit.

Source: UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery, “UCSF Expert Discusses Traumatic Brain Injury, Natasha Richardson,” accessed on July 22, 2014