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The long-term issues of a TBI

Six months or more after incurring a traumatic brain injury, victims in Louisiana and elsewhere show a variety of connectivity disruptions in the brain. This is according to researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas. A study published by the Journal of International Neuropsychological Society analyzed 40 MRIs of individuals with TBIs and compared them to 17 scans of healthy brains. Each of the participants were between the ages of 19 and 45.

What researchers discovered after analyzing the data was that those who had suffered a TBI experienced connectivity deficits within the brain. Problems with between-network, long-range and inter-hemispheric connections made the brain inefficient. It is believed that this could cause cognitive problems in those who have experienced a head injury. The goal is to use this information to find ways to improve these connections and improve cognitive function after a TBI.

Head injuries are common after auto accidents, collisions during a sporting event or any jarring blow to the head. A person who is injured as the result of the negligence or recklessness of another party may be entitled to compensation for the injuries and related expenses such as medical expenses and pain and suffering.

If an injured victim is unable to return to work or must stay out of work while recovering, lost wages and lost future earnings may also be part of a financial award. An attorney may be able to review the case to determine the best way of achieving a favorable resolution for the victim. This may mean resolving the case through informal settlement talks or asking a jury to decide.

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