Traumatic brain injury can impact 3 key areas of your life

Any type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) should be immediately treated by a qualified medical professional.

Taking the right steps early on can go a long way in helping you avoid long term challenges and side effects. Of course, no matter what type of treatment you receive, there is always the chance that a TBI could impact your life in some way.

Here are three aspects of your life that may be impaired by a TBI:

-- Movement abilities. This includes balance, coordination and strength.

-- Cognition. Examples include judgment, memory, concentration, comprehension, reasoning and mood.

-- Sensation, including but not limited to vision and tactile sensation.

Depending on the type of TBI, as well as the health of the person, it's possible that this could also cause behavioral side effects such as aggression, depression, anxiety and agitation.

If a doctor has any reason to believe that a person has suffered a TBI, he or she will immediately run the necessary diagnostic tests, such as an MRI or CT scan of the brain. From there, it's much easier to determine the type and extent of the injury.

Since a TBI can impact your life in many ways, you should be comfortable following the lead of your medical team. These people know what to expect in the future, and can help you deal with anything that comes along.

Also, don't wait to learn more about your legal rights in the event that your injury is the result of another person's negligence. An attorney can help you learn more about your legal rights and options.

Source: Cleveland Clinic, "Traumatic Brain Injury," accessed May 03, 2017

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