Brain Injuries: What Happens To the Brain After a Traumatic Injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as any type of trauma to the head that interrupts the brain’s normal function. The most common type of brain injury is a concussion.

Whether they are diagnosed as mild, moderate or severe, brain injuries are dangerous because they often cause damage that can grow worse over time.

There are several issues that can occur after brain injuries, including:

  • Brain Tissue Swells – the tissue in the brain often swells and fills with fluid after it suffers trauma. And because your brain is encased in a skull, there is no room for it to expand as it swells. That creates significant pressure in the your head and can cause a more serious injury due to lack of blood flowing through the tissue.
  • Chemical Signals Are Disrupted – even mild trauma to the brain can disrupt the way the brain sends signals between neurons. And it can take weeks or months before normal function is restored. But during that healing process, your decision-making and thought processes are affected by the damage to the neurons.
  • Impaired Cognitive Function – brain injuries can also have a detrimental affect on the region of the brain that regulates concentration and memory. If the brain injury was severe, victims may have trouble speaking, or may not be able to solve complex problems. They may also become confused when performing routines that were easy to complete prior to the injury.
  • Impaired Emotions – damage to tissue in your frontal lobe can affect how you express your emotions, because this region of your brain regulates emotion and behavior. This can alter your personality as you become less able to control how you feel, and more prone to emotional outbursts.

What makes all of these issues troubling is that even a mild injury can alter your brain.

That’s why doctors often caution people who suffer concussions to avoid more traumas to the head, because the second brain injury is usually much worse than the first.

Protecting Your Future Health

Brain injuries can have a devastating effect on your long-term health, and there is no guarantee that you will ever return to normal. That’s why it’s so important for you to seek the help of a personal injury lawyer when you suffer a brain injury caused by the negligence of someone else. The team at Rosner Law Offices, P.C. has spent decades representing clients who have suffered injuries due to negligence and other irresponsible acts. Please contact us today for a free consultation about your injury, and find out how we can help you obtain justice and rightful compensation.

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