Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is generally caused by an impact to the head that damages the brain. It can be mild, only temporarily affecting brain cells or serious, causing bleeding, bruising, or other physical damage to the brain. TBI can be caused by auto accidents, sports injuries, or simply from falling.
Complications of TBI
Even mild traumatic brain injury can have lasting effects. Some of these are a result of the TBI. A survivor can suffer from impaired memory, problems with hearing or vision, a change in their personality, trouble moving, and other serious complications. Some may go into a coma or a persistent vegetative state. TBI affects not only the person who suffered the injury, but their family as well.
Medical costs for someone with TBI can be staggering, depending on the severity. Some estimates are that over three million people in the US are living with TBI complications. … Read more