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3 levels of traumatic brain injuries

Because you were born healthy and with all average abilities intact, you may have assumed that you would go through life that way. You may not have given much thought to the idea that you could lose the use of certain body parts or that your body may one day function differently from what you consider normal. However, a sudden accident could easily result in your life completely changing.

In particular, a traumatic brain injury could quickly result in your body experiencing considerable changes. This type of injury has varying levels of severity, and different events could lead to your suffering. It is common, though, for serious car accidents to lead to head trauma that could affect the brain.

Three levels of traumatic brain injury

When anyone suffers a traumatic brain injury, most hope that it will fall into to the least severe category, but still, in order for a brain injury to fall into that category, concerning signs are still present. The three levels of traumatic brain injury include:

  • Mild: If you suffer this type of injury, you may have lost consciousness for a very brief period of time, even just as short as a few seconds. On the other hand, you may not have lost consciousness at all but still experienced confusion after the injury occurred. For example, a concussion may fall into this category.
  • Moderate: When it comes to a moderate traumatic brain injury, you may have lost consciousness for up to a few hours. Your brain function may also remain altered for days or even weeks, meaning you continue to experience confusion or other issues. Additionally, injuries in this category could also lead to long-lasting or permanent impairments.
  • Severe: This last category of traumatic brain injury can have the most serious and lasting effects. Generally, these injuries result from more severe incidents that negatively affect brain tissue. Either an open head injury or a closed head injury could cause this type of outcome. Often, individuals who suffer a severe brain injury do not return to their pre-injury selves.

Whether mild or severe, a traumatic brain injury could cause you to face negative effects that considerably impact your life.

Seeking compensation

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a car accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may have reason to pursue compensation for damages. A personal injury claim could help you seek recompense for medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and other damages permitted under California state law.

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