Brain trauma: the ‘invisible’ injury

Though their injury is causing them terrible, ongoing symptoms, outsiders, even well-meaning friends and relatives, do not understand what is going on. Strangers may get impatient or rude when someone with a TBI is struggling with everyday tasks.

That is because most of the symptoms of a brain injury take place inside the brain. Things like sensory overload, trouble with balance, memory and comprehension, and anxiety can fundamentally change how someone interacts with the world after head trauma. As an article in The Oregonian notes, many victims think of themselves as being a new, different person after their injuries — a person with different weaknesses and strengths.

These injuries are all too common. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there were 823.7 TBI-related ER visits, hospitalizations and deaths per 100,000 Americans in 2010. Many of these injuries are relatively mild and the victim soon recovers. Other times, the victim suffers serious harm and must spend years adjusting to their new reality.

Nobody who has experienced a TBI should have to suffer financially if their injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. Personal injury litigation can compensate the victim at the negligent party’s expense.