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Are all brain injuries the same?

Brain injury can be unpredictable at times. Even when a medical professional thinks he or she understands what is going on, something can change along the way that alters future treatment.

The impact of a brain injury can and will vary from one person to the next. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, there are four important points to remember with regard to the unpredictability of a brain injury:

-- A person with a brain injury is still a person, and should be treated as such.

-- No two brain injuries are ever identical, even if the diagnosis is the same.

-- The effects of a brain injury will vary from one person to another. Two similar injuries could have a different impact on different people.

-- The impact of a brain injury is based on factors such as location, cause, and severity.

These points show that brain injuries are not the same. For example, one person could suffer such an injury as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Another person could be injured due to medical negligence.

One thing never changes: Regardless of the circumstances, a brain injury is extremely serious. This type of injury should be treated with care at all times.

If a person suffers a brain injury, regardless of the cause, he or she should receive immediate treatment. From there, it may be necessary to treat the injury for an extended period of time. It is important for the injured party, as well as their loved ones, to understand the cause of the injury and the potential consequences.

Source: Brain Injury Association of America, "Living With Brain Injury," accessed May. 26, 2015

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