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What Is a Severe Brain Injury?

Posted By Stephen Stewart || 11-Aug-2015

A severe head injury usually happens after a penetrating wound or a crushing blow. These types of injuries are often the result of a car accident and involve a rip, crush or shear of an individual's brain tissue. A severe head injury can be deadly and often results in permanent physical and/or mental disabilities.

In many cases, a severe head injury involves an open wound where the skull was crushed or fractured. Treatment of open head wounds often require long term hospitalizations and rehabilitation services. Although long strides can be made during the rehabilitation of such injuries, it is rare that complete rehabilitation is possible. Closed head wounds can also be severe in nature and result in permanent disabilities.

The symptoms and permanent effects of severe brain damage can vary from individual to individual. In fact, virtually no area of a person's body is immune from being affected by an injury of this type. Many victims of severe traumatic brain injury suffer from changes in their thinking, speech patterns, sensation and emotions. In fact, numerous brain injury victims report serious depression and even suicidal thoughts.

Severe brain injuries can also result in an increases risk of contracting epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other conditions.

Even in cases of brain injuries that are not severe, various debilities can develop after a Texas resident suffers prolonged, repeated traumatic brain injuries that are minor in nature. The effects of small brain injuries can add up over time and result in fatal or catastrophic health consequences.

The existence of a severe brain injury may be difficult to prove in a Texas personal injury case; however, with the assistance of expert neurological doctors, it may be possible to develop solid documentation to support an individual's claims in court.

Source: Brain Injury Alliance Utah, "Types and Levels of Brain Injury," accessed Aug. 11, 2015

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