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Getting kicked in the head isn’t just painful — it can have long-term impacts that alter a person’s life. People might not be able to process information or perform basic activities like they used to prior to a traumatic brain injury. A concussion or other brain injury is an all too frequent result of an accident, whether from playing sports or being involved in a West Virginia motor vehicle collision.

According to scientists, people who suffer traumatic brain injuries may experience what is called chronic trauma encephalopathy. This condition, also known as CTE, may lead to memory loss and even dementia. An individual with this condition might also suffer from depression, confusion and aggression.

The problem for many brain injury victims is that these symptoms often don’t become visible for many years following the initial trauma to the brain. Unfortunately, doctors right now can diagnose a person with CTE only after the person has already died. The more concussions an individual suffers, the greater his or her chance of sustaining more severe injuries to the brain in the future.

Being struck by a vehicle can cause a person to experience an irreversible traumatic brain injury. The injured victim has the right to file a personal injury claim against the person considered responsible for the accident. If the victim can provide proof that the party deemed to have been at-fault in the accident negligently caused the injuries, he or she may be awarded a monetary judgment that can help to pay for expenses related to these injuries in West Virginia.

Source: Mother Jones, “This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Get Kicked in the Head“, Jenna McLaughlin, June 19, 2014