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Vigilance required when dealing with brain trauma

The world of personal injury is extremely broad with a great number of types of injuries that can be sustained. Whether from a motor vehicle accident, a slip-and-fall, a medical mistake or something else, the result of such injuries can leave Pennsylvania victims needing long-term care and facing high medical expenses, often due to a permanent disability. In the world of medical malpractice, some common injuries can include brain trauma, birth injuries, surgical errors and more.

An article that was published recently in the national press reported on new research associated with a traumatic brain injury. Regardless of the situation, prompt medical attention is one of the most critical things to secure when any blow to a person’s head has occurred. The vast majority—85 percent—of brain injuries are classified as concussions. There is growing awareness in our society today about the potential seriousness of these injuries.

Roughly about 15 percent of people who have endured a concussion will take more than two weeks for recovery, if they are able to recover at all. Giving the brain proper rest can help facilitate recovery. This includes breaks from work, school and many actions typically involved in daily life such as texting or using a computer. Understanding this makes it easy to see the impact that even a mild brain injury can have on a person’s life.

When you or a family member experience any type of brain trauma, proper care to prevent insufficient oxygen delivery to the brain or any other event that may hinder recovery is important. It can also be helpful to talk to a lawyer to get clarity on your options for compensation.

Source: New York Daily News, “Daily Checkup: Traumatic brain injury is rising in the public’s consciousness,” Katie Charles, January 26, 2014

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