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What long-term problems can arise from traumatic brain injuries?

An accident can happen in a fraction of a second. Whether a driver is distracted by a cell phone, another passenger in the vehicle or is impaired by alcohol or drugs -- many accidents, unfortunately, are caused by negligent drivers.

Nashville, Tennessee residents who are hurt in a car accident may be aware of the immediate injuries they sustain, like pain from whiplash or broken bones. The complications from traumatic brain injuries, however, may not be evident right away. Some conditions resulting from traumatic brain injuries may take years to surface, and may never fully go away.

Severe brain injuries can cause a host of problems, from altered consciousness, to intellectual problems, to basic functioning problems. Altered consciousness complications may be temporary, but in some cases they may be permanent. Forms of altered consciousness include vegetative state, coma, and in severe cases, brain death.

Those who have suffered a brain injury may also experience a change in his or her thought process. Things like memory loss, reasoning abilities, judgment and learning ability may all be impacted after suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Brain injury victims may also have difficulty with social situations, self-control, and may be more likely to engage in risky behavior.

While the physical pain from a traumatic brain injury may be immediate, an accident victim may not know immediately the complications they may face for the rest of their lives. Negligent drivers who cause injury to others should be held responsible for the injuries known immediately, as well as the conditions that can affect a victim long after an accident.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed on Nov. 3, 2014

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