Traumatic brain injury is injury to the brain caused by physical trauma resulting from, but not limited to, car accidents and falls, and assaults. RCW 74.31.010. A brain injury can also occur as the result of repeated head injuries and concussions.
Traumatic brain injury can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions. It can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age. The impact of a traumatic brain injury on the individual and family can be devastating. RCW 74.31.005