For accident victims in Boston, one of the worst possible injuries that they can suffer from is a traumatic brain injury. While it might be a relief to the family of a person who is hurt in an accident that they weren’t killed or suffered an obvious bodily injury, brain trauma is a very severe injury even though the damage may not be visible on the outside.

What is traumatic brain injury? According to the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, a traumatic brain injury is a head injury caused by an outside physical force. Oftentimes, the force is so strong, it causes the brain to move or causes skull damage, resulting in the injury of the brain.

The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury might seem innocuous at first, but when combined with an accident they have the potential to be quite serious. Common signs include suffering from sudden amnesia, struggling to find the proper words, irritability, problems concentrating, and fatigue.

Brain trauma can occur in a multitude of ways spanning from slip and fall accidents to sports injuries. A car crash, a shaken baby, an accident suffered while participating in an athletic event, or domestic violence can all lead to an injury to the brain.

Given the number of ways a person can suffer brain trauma and the long-term problems that may result from the injuries if left untreated, it is key to seek treatment as soon as any of the symptoms or issues are believed to be evident. For those who are suffering from a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, filing a personal injury lawsuit may help victims receive compensation to cover things like medical bills and pain and suffering.

Source: Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, “Brain Injury Facts,” accessed on July 29, 2014