LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Long Term Effects of Traumatic Brain InjuryA majority of TBIs are mild and often confused with concussions, but TBIs can range from mild to severe.  Each TBI comes with unique circumstances which can create long-term effects unique to each individual. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a chronic health condition that is attributed to thirty percent of all injury deaths.[1]  These injuries are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.[2]

The lasting effects of a TBI typically depend on the severity.  A mild TBI usually presents short term consequences that may include headaches, dizziness, sleep problems, changes in mood, and possibly memory problems.  These side effects could range anywhere from days to months, but most minor TBIs are treatable.  Timely diagnosis is important, but individuals can expect a full recovery in most minor TBIs.  However, sometimes the symptoms do not go away and last for years and lead to early dementia amongst other long term problems.

A severe TBI can cause long-term, life altering effects on the individual suffering from the injury and those around them.  A TBI is classified as “severe” when the injury is associated with a loss of consciousness for more than thirty minutes and memory loss after the injury or penetrating skull injury longer than twenty-four hours.  Side effects often associated with a severe TBI can include seizures, depression, thoughts of suicide, progressive dementia, memory problems, and aggression.  Some of the most severe TBIs can cause long-term unresponsive states requiring lifelong care.

If you believe you or a loved one have suffered a TBI it is important you seek medical care right away.  The impact of long-term effects may be reduced through timely diagnosis and rehabilitation treatment.  The attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm have extensive experience with traumatic brain injury cases and know what it takes to fully compensate victims for their medical bills, therapy expenses, lost wages, and more. Contact us today for a free consultation.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html

[2] Id.

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