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Brain injury still disables woman nine years after crash

Atlanta residents who have suffered a brain injury know how devastating these injuries can be. The symptoms may take a while to fully develop, but a brain injury can result in chronic pain, long-term problems with concentration, trouble with working or performing daily tasks, even permanent disability.

One woman currently seeking treatment at an Atlanta clinic told reporters she is still suffering symptoms from a brain injury she suffered in a car accident nine years ago. She told of severe pain and episodes of vertigo in which she feels like she is spinning. One of these episodes lasted 11 days. At other times, she said she feels like she is constantly on a raft.

Doctors say that the brain injury means that she has trouble recognizing where she is in space, leading to a feeling of disorientation that has interfered with her ability to perform many daily tasks, including taking care of her children. She described her husband as living like a single parent.

Car accidents are a common cause of brain injuries like this one. Other causes may be falls or sport-related accidents. In these incidents, a sudden blow to the skull causes bruising and/or bleeding on the brain. In some cases, bruising or tearing injuries cause the brain to swell, interfering with its ability to control bodily functions.

It should go without saying that the first thing Atlanta residents should do when they suspect a brain injury is to seek medical attention. However, victims and their families should also be aware of the possibility of being compensated for their damages through a personal injury lawsuit.

Brain injuries can result in significant medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and other, personal, harder-to calculate losses. When these injuries are caused by someone else's negligence, the victims may be compensated for some or all of these losses.

Source: CBS Minnesota, "Local Woman With Brain Injury Turns To Concussion Doctor," Heather Brown, April 15, 2013

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