Brain injury: Unpredictable and long-lasting

Brain injuries are hard to treat, unpredictable and can raise people’s risks of developing additional problems later in life.

A 12-year-old boy in Phoenix was taken to a hospital, suffering from a traumatic brain injury after he was hit by a car. According to AZ Family, the driver said that he ran a red light and that he was under the influence of two prescription drugs at the time. It is unknown what the injured boy's long-term prognosis is.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that motor vehicle accidents are the second cause of traumatic brain injury in the United States. It is estimated that people made around 2.2 million visits to emergency departments for brain injuries in 2010.

No known treatment

Unfortunately, there is no known treatment that doctors can use for people who have suffered a brain injury. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke explains that the only option is to try to stabilize the patient as quickly as possible to avoid further damage from occurring. This involves close monitoring of blood pressure, blood flow and oxygen flow to the brain as a sudden decrease could cause further injury.

Complicated

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, brain injuries are the most complicated condition people can suffer. Each one is completely different and therefore, people's symptoms will also vary. Research that has been conducted on brain injury indicates that factors such as a person's age, health conditions, the area of the brain hit, and the force of the impact, will play a role in the effects of the injury.

There are some telltale symptoms for most people with a brain injury, such as decrease of mobility, loss of speech, unconsciousness, loss of memory and personality changes. However, victims of brain injuries may also experience the following issues:

  • Depression or anxiety
  • Slower thinking speed
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Impaired logic
  • Hearing
  • Trouble with problem solving

Additionally, victims may experience headaches, sensitivity in the area of the head where the impact occurred and other unexplained problems.

Heightened health risks

In addition to the initial impact of the head injury, people should be aware that a traumatic brain injury may raise their risks of developing future health conditions. The Mayo Clinic points out that brain injury has been connected with dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Stroke, brain aneurysm and psychotic disorders have also been linked to brain injury.

When people in Phoenix are injured through the negligence of another person or company, it can be difficult to assess the full impact of the injury. Therefore, they may find it helpful to meet with an injury attorney.