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Brain injuries can have surprising effects

If you hurt your leg enough to bother with medical treatment, you can usually tell whether or not you should be on the way to the doctor. A large or sudden swelling could indicate a problem, while broken bones may come with serious pain or visual clues. But a brain injury is unfortunate in many ways, including the difficult of detecting them.

Brain injuries can lead to long-term and costly impacts

Suffering a brain injury is a life-changing event for some individuals. The severity of the damage and the location have a big part in how much of an impact it will have on the person. For some, the future is filled with medical care, rehabilitation therapy and personal care assistance. All of this can be costly.

How does a brain injury affect a person's quality of life?

Individuals who suffer moderate or severe brain injuries seldom return to being the person that they once were before they got hurt. They instead experience a wide variety of physical and mental impairments that can last a lifetime. These may reduce an individual's chances of becoming gainfully employed, make them unable to participate in recreational activities as they once did and even shorten their life.

Proper treatment of a concussion is a must

If you suspect a concussion, such as the result of a motor vehicle accident or slip and fall, you shouldn't wait to receive medical treatment. Only a qualified doctor can run the tests necessary to determine if you have a concussion and/or another type of brain injury.

What is pseudobulbar affect?

A traumatic brain injury in New Jersey can have long-lasting and unexpected effects. For example, if you experience a TBI, you may develop a condition called pseudobulbar affect, which results in uncontrollable emotional outbursts, such as laughing or crying, that do not match what you are actually feeling. According to the Mayo Clinic, pseudobulbar affect is treatable with medication. However, due to a lack of understanding, many people may not report the symptoms, and doctors may misdiagnose it. 

Cognitive impairments explained

You may certainly feel as though you dodged the proverbial bullet if you (or a loved one) are able to emerge from having suffered a traumatic brain injury in Ocean County without having experienced any serious physical impairments. Yet it is important to remember that you (or your loved one) may not be out of the woods just yet. Many of those who have come to us here at Silvi, Fedele & Honschke Attorney's at Law, LLC after having sustained TBIs tell us that the most difficult aspect of dealing with said injuries are the cognitive impairments that often result from them. 

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