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Has a Chicago Brain Injury Changed Your Life?
Brain injuries – along with spinal cord injuries – are the most life-altering and life-threatening of all injuries. Even the most minor brain injury can leave the injured person dealing with personality changes, as well as constant pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 1.7 million Americans will suffer some level of head or brain trauma injury each year. Of those, over 50,000 will not survive the trauma, and many will never regain their prior cognitive or physical functions, forced to live their lives permanently disabled. Patients who live through a Chicago brain injury could find that they reach the limits of their medical insurance quickly, leaving them responsible for medical expenses that they simply can’t pay.

Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries

Although the brain is enclosed within hard skull bones which generally offers protection from life’s smaller bumps and bruises to the soft brain inside, when the brain comes into violent contact with a hard object, it can be seriously damaged. A closed brain injury is caused by movement of the brain within the skull, resulting from a fall, sports injury, auto accident, or altercation in which the person is struck in the head with a blunt object. A penetrating brain injury can result from such things as a gunshot wound or being struck with a sharp object. The brain is made up of the frontal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, cerebellum, and brain stem, and each of these have a specific function. Depending on which lobe of the brain is most affected by the brain trauma, one or more of the following functions may suffer serious changes:
  • The ability to understand language can be altered
  • The ability to communicate can be hindered
  • The level of motor skills can change
  • Visual perception can be lessened
  • Inhibition of behaviors can result
  • Problem-solving ability can be impeded
  • The ability to plan may be lost
  • The ability to anticipate can decrease
  • Touch, taste, and smell can be dramatically altered
  • Memory, thinking, and reasoning can change significantly
  • Spatial perception can be affected
Brain trauma, even in minor forms, can result in loss of memory, depression, irritability, and the inability to concentrate. A person with a traumatic brain injury may become confused easily, may get lost in familiar areas, may be easily distracted, and may have an increased sensitivity to normal lights and sounds. The brain injury victim may be sad or angry much of the time, or may experience hesitation in the ability to think, speak, read, or react.

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