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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Understanding the basics of a traumatic brain injury

By Michael Nichols

A Traumatic Brain Injury can be caused by sports injuries, automobile accidents, stroke, workplace injuries, gunshot wounds, child abuse, domestic violence, or anything that causes a blow to the head. Since you cannot actually see a Traumatic Brain Injury, victims suffering such injuries may not be aware that they have a Traumatic Brain Injury until they attempt to return to their normal lives. At this point, they realize (or their employer realizes) that they cannot do their job duties as they did prior to the accident. Often, it is the close relatives or spouse who notices that the person they once knew no longer exists. Traumatic Brain Injury victims may suffer from emotional, social, intellectual, vocational, cognitive, visual, speech, hearing, and physical difficulties. Cognitive impairments may include short and long term memory deficits, difficulties with concentration, attention, perception, communication, reading, writing, and judgment. For instance, a person suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury may not appreciate the danger with using a chain saw when in fact that person is suffering from dizziness and/or blurred vision. Physical impairments may include speech, vision, sensory impairments, headaches, dizziness, lack of coordination, seizures and paralysis. Emotion Impairments may include depression, lack of self-esteem, sexual dysfunction or loss of interest in sexual intercourse with their spouse, lack of motivation, inability to monitor self, easily agitated, inappropriate crying or laughing, lack of emotional control.

There is no cure for a Traumatic Brain Injury. Once any portion of the brain is injured, you cannot re-grow that portion of the brain. However, with proper rehabilitation and re-training, a victim suffering from a Traumatic Brain Injury can have tremendous recovery.

Wendy Schiller-Nichols focuses her practice on serious Michigan automobile accidents. Ms. Schiller-Nichols has experience in dealing with insurance companies during the difficult times after an automobile accident. If you have any questions, you can contact Ms. Schiller-Nichols at 517-432-9000.

Disclaimer: The material in this article has been prepared by the Nichols Law Firm, PLLC for information purposes only and is general information designed to give the reader a basic understanding of the area covered. It should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. Individuals should not act upon any information provided in this article, and should seek the advice of legal counsel licensed in their state.

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Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

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