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When teens suffer brain injuries, it is a long road to recovery

There a variety of ways in which someone could injure his or her head. From a car accident to a workplace injury, from medical malpractice to a fall, catastrophic brain injuries are all around us in Pittsburgh. What many of us may not realize, however, is that these traumatic injuries are not restricted to adults. In fact, there are a number of teenagers and adolescents who develop brain injuries, and many are on a long road to recovery. Sadly, some will never completely recover.

When someone's brain injury is caused by another's negligence or recklessness, he or she can file a personal injury lawsuit. These lawsuits are incredibly helpful, as they will provide compensation to injured individuals. Since some will have long-standing cognitive issues and many others need months or years to recover, this compensation can be of vital importance. That money may be some of the only money coming in to the household.

For years the commonly accepted thought was that teenagers with catastrophic brain injuries would not see any improvement in brain function after one year. Yet a new study has found that this is not entirely true. According to the study, if a teenager is given targeted training, there is a good chance that his or her higher-order thinking will improve.

Sadly, brain injuries, for children, teenagers and adults, are a reality. There are a number of people hurt because someone else was negligent, irresponsible or reckless. While there may not always be a cure or treatment available, there should be compensation.

Source: News Medical, "Targeted brain training can help improve cognitive performance in teens with traumatic brain injuries," June 12, 2014

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