By: Wettermark & Keith, LLC  05/21/2014
Keywords: Attorneys, Brain Injury, Injury

Traumatic brain injuries alter lives in devastating ways, in many cases robbing victims of the ability to work, care for themselves, or enjoy normal social or family relationships. The brain controls both physical and psychological/cognitive functions, and the destruction or damage to any part of the brain can have a profound effect on the victim’s ability to participate in the activities of a typical life. The changes can be minor enough to escape notice at first, but may affect the victim later in life; or they can be immediate and profound, resulting in death, coma, or a persistent vegetative state. In many cases, someone else’s negligence is the cause of a TBI. In Tennessee, car accidents, falls, violence, and sports injuries are among the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. IMPAIRMENT RESULTING FROM BRAIN TRAUMA Different parts of the brain control different functions, so the nature of the impairments that one individual suffers may be very different from those that another TBI victim is experiencing. Brain trauma can cause physical impairments, cognitive and psychological impairments, behavioral impairments, or sensory impairments, which vary from one victim to another based on the part of the brain that took the impact. Cognitive deficits include confusion, garbled speech, dyslexia, memory loss, inability to concentrate, and executive function challenges. Sensory impairments may include loss of vision or hearing, blurred vision, weakness in muscles that control eye movement, photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light), loss of hearing, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or extreme sensitivity to sound. Some brain injury victims lose the sense of smell or taste, which along with the nausea and vomiting that also commonly occur, may lead to appetite loss and nutritional deficits. The brain sends out signals that control physical functions and feelings throughout the body. Brain damage can cause loss of coordination, paralysis, headaches, seizures, spasticity, numbness, chronic pain, bowel and/or bladder control problems, and sleep disorders. Victims of trauma to the brain may also suffer from psychological problems such as mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, aggression, lack of inhibition, or hypersexuality. A person with a severe brain injury will often be unable to ever work, pursue an education, or live independently, and may require care and supervision for the remainder of his or her life. This type of long-term care is extremely expensive. Read more at

Keywords: Attorneys, Brain Injury, Injury, Spinal Cord Injury

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