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The tragic future for brain injury victims

An accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury can be one of the most devastating events a family can endure. Some of the common causes of brain injuries in Minnesota include motor vehicle accidents -- especially those caused by impaired drivers -- pedestrian accidents and winter sports such as snowmobiling.

A severe head trauma can mean a lifetime of struggle. The brain controls all the functions of the body, from your movement to your ability to breathe. The location in the brain and severity of the injury determines the level of impairment and changes the victim will face. If your loved one suffered a brain injury recently, you may have many questions and fears about the future.

The long-term outlook

The brain is the most complex and delicate organ in the body. Doctor and researchers have barely begun to understand its mysteries. This is why a moderate to severe injury to the head can have a profound effect on the lives of everyone in your family since there may be little doctors can do to help your loved one regain full function, physically, mentally and cognitively. Some facts about moderate to severe brain injury victims include the following:

  • More than half are unable to return to work.
  • One third require help for routine tasks, such as dressing and bathing.
  • About 10 percent live out their lives in nursing facilities.
  • The life expectancy after a moderate to severe brain injury is nine years shorter than the average lifespan.
  • Your loved one has a greater risk of suffering from other illnesses, such as infections, seizures and pneumonia, any of which can be fatal.
  • Your loved one may also have a greater risk of drug or alcohol addiction.

Statistics show that only about one quarter of brain injured patients showed improvement after five years. About half declined in health or passed away. While this may sound grim, you certainly want to provide your loved one with the greatest chance of recovery and quality of life. This includes the highest possible standards of health care and rehabilitation. No part of health care is cheap, so you will want to seek every available source of compensation.

If your loved one's injuries resulted from the negligence, recklessness or intentional actions of someone else, you have every right to pursue justice through the civil courts. A skilled attorney can guide you through this complex process and work to help you achieve your goals.

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