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Brain injury may require follow-up care in West Virginia

The term "brain injury" typically elicits feelings of fear and panic in those affected by this type of injury. This is because people often automatically think the worst, imagining someone with a debilitating brain injury. In reality, some injuries to the brain are not as severe. Nevertheless, it is essential that a person in West Virginia with this type of injury receive follow-up care.

Some people may think severe brain trauma is the only type of injury situation that demands counseling, speech or physical therapy, and other types of after-care. However, in reality, even those with mild injuries can have issues such as abnormal changes in mood or depression. They also can suffer from cloudy thinking and issues with memory loss.

The problem is that minor injuries might be caused by something as little as a bump on the head, so the patient may not take the situation seriously. The patient doesn't realize that the effects of this "small bump" can linger for years or even decades if not treated. Recovery certainly is possible with the help of the appropriate medical professionals.

With March being Brain Injury Awareness Month, it is an ideal time to assess whether a family member or friend requires follow-up care after having experienced a brain injury at any level of severity. Also, if an individual's brain injury stemmed from someone else's negligence, he or she may elect to file a personal injury suit against the individual deemed responsible for the injury. Liability must be established by competent proof of negligence, submitted to the court hearing the civil suit in West Virginia, in order for claims for monetary damages to be determined.

Source: The Augusta Chronicle, Brain injuries of all severities require follow-up attention, Jeremy Hertza, March 2, 2014

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