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Traumatic brain injuries can occur with no immediate symptoms

A recent alert to the marathon victims about brain injuries is a meaningful message that may also benefit others with brain trauma. A medical organization in Massachusetts says that many people may suffer head trauma and traumatic brain injuries but not know it. That is because there may be no outward signs right away that point to a brain injury.

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts said that brain injury may not be present but not outwardly visible after a trauma. The brain can suffer significant trauma in what is called a closed-head injury without immediately apparent symptoms. Perhaps a classic example of this kind of injury is a concussion, but note that concussions can vary widely in severity and extent of damage.

Some of the classic symptoms are dizziness, memory loss and severe headaches. People also suffer sensitivity to light, loss of balance and confusion. There can be temper tantrums, abnormal behavioral changes and a remaining host of symptoms.

If you've suffered a brain injury, you may be legally entitled to compensation. For example, if a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle goes through the windshield in an accident, the force is quite sufficient to cause a concussion or other severe brain injury. Often when an innocent victim in an accident is thrown from a moving or rolling vehicle and a head impact occurs, serious brain injury or even death follows.

There are many other types of traumatic brain injuries where an innocent victim is legally entitled to compensation due to someone else's negligence. It can be a fall on an unkempt, slippery or icy surface that culminates in head trauma and brain injury. It can be where a load of boxes or heavy material of any kind is negligently allowed to fall and hit the victim's head. It can even occur in childbirth, where the baby's head is squeezed too hard with a forceps, resulting in traumatic brain injuries.

In Massachusetts, if you've sustained traumatic brain injuries, the first priority is getting medical attention. There are several tests that can diagnose brain injury. Such injury can be permanent but there are some treatments that can at least help. A second priority that is advisable is to consult with professional counsel and determine the options and remedies that may exist.

Source: Examiner.com, "Boston medical association warns of hidden trauma from blasts," April 17, 2013

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