Brain injuries bring unimaginable changes

Following a catastrophic accident, the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury may be among the most frightening things for family members to hear. Your uncertainty is rooted in so many unknowns. Medical science barely understands the way a healthy brain works, so how can they know the best way to repair an injured brain? Whether your loved one's injury occurred as the result of a motor vehicle accident or some other negligent act, you are likely already facing frustration as you search for treatment or wait for a prognosis.

The cold, hard facts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 2 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. Currently, about 3.2 million people in the country are struggling to get by with some permanent disability resulting from a brain injury. Hundreds of thousands require hospitalization for extended periods of time.

Some of the common consequences of a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Constant headaches
  • Inconsistent moods, emotions and sleeping habits
  • Confusion over basic facts, such as your own name
  • Loss of senses, including smell, taste or vision
  • Inability to process information or communicate with others

Depending on the location and severity of your loved one's injury, he or she may never be able to work. This could add one more hardship to your household if you depended on that income to make ends meet.

Hope for your loved one's future

Like many in your position, you may have questions no one can answer and fears no one can calm. One certainty is that no matter how little is known about the treatments for traumatic brain injuries, you will still receive bills for the medical procedures your loved one must undergo.

It may seem unfair that you and your loved one are left to suffer the consequences of someone else's carelessness, and you have every right to feel frustrated by this. Contacting a Florida personal injury attorney may be the first step in finding answers to at least some of your questions. An attorney can guide you in determining whether there is cause to pursue possible compensation for the pain and suffering your loved one must endure as a result of the accident that caused his or her traumatic brain injury.