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The brain, serious injury and public health

Brain injuries in New Mexico can strike anybody at any time, being caused by a variety of accidents, such as an accident related to work or a vehicle accident. Unfortunately, serious injury to the brain can prevent a person from being able to lead a normal life. Some doctors say that traumatic brain injuries have become one of today's public health crises, affecting numerous people's behaviors, memory and moods.

A brain injury happens when the brain's soft tissue strikes the skull's bony structure. The slamming is what causes tears or lesions in the brain tissue. The problem usually is not a single minor injury, as the brain can usually recover from this. Rather, many minor injuries may cause a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The issue with teenagers and children who suffer traumatic brain injuries is that parts of their brains are actually still developing. Because their brains are still developing, they might have a bit more resilience when they suffer brain injuries. However, because their brains are still growing, suffering injury to the brain can have long-term consequences, especially if the injury occurs during a very critical brain growth period.

Some people who experience traumatic brain injuries end up recovering, but others have persisting memory issues, cognitive concerns, depression, attention issues and irritability. If a person's brain injuries are caused by another party's negligence, the victim has the right to file a liability claim in a New Mexico civil court, seeking damages. Awarded damages may help the victim to cover medical treatment costs and other financial losses stemming from the incident causing serious injury.

Source: knpr.org, "The Traumatized Brain: Understanding Mood, Memory and Behavior after Brain Injury", Chris Sieroty, Dec. 1, 2015

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