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A brain injury may be invisible, but its consequences are real

On Behalf of | May 13, 2021 | Injuries |

People often assume that becomes someone looks all right after an accident, they are all right. It is a dangerous assumption. Many of the most severe injuries do not come with blood or gore because they happen inside the body. To most people, they are invisible.

One possible consequence of any blow to the head is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A medic may spot the injury when they carry out a thorough examination. Or it may be family or friends who notice that something is not quite right with the person. 

How do traumatic brain injuries occur?

The brain is a soft lump of tissue. Like anything of that consistency, it has little resilience to forces upon it. What makes it more vulnerable to injury is the complexity of the brain’s contents and its functions.

Think of something like a computer or a digital camera. These machines perform complex tasks, yet they have a hard case to protect them. The brain performs far more complicated duties. The skull is a hard case of sorts, yet it can also be the very thing that damages the brain. When the brain is thrown against the inside of the skull with enough force, it can result in a TBI.

Other reasons for a TBI are when a foreign item penetrates the brain tissue. It could be a fragment of the skull if that gets broken. Or it could be something like a piece of metal that flies from a machine or a bolt that comes loose from a vehicle wheel.

What should you do after a loved one gets a TBI?

If someone in your family suffers a traumatic brain injury, it can have severe consequences for years to come. Make sure you understand how to claim the compensation you need. Money cannot return your loved one to how they were before, but it can help you all cope.