When people are involved in a motor vehicle collision, or other traumatic event, they can suffer a head injury that leads to a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Seemingly minor impacts can create these devastating injuries.
Common head injuries are open head injuries and closed head injuries. Open head injuries are injuries that puncture the skull and allow air or liquid into the skull. A closed head injury does not puncture the skull. A concussion, or loss of consciousness is an example of a closed head injury. Open and closed head injuries can cause brain injuries.
A mild traumatic brain injury can adversely effect the thinking, personality, or emotional state of the victim. In more severe brain injuries, the injured person might lose the ability to process information rapidly, they might have memory loss, and they may even lose the ability to care for themselves.
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