The long-term effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) depend entirely on where the trauma occurs in the brain. If the frontal lobe has been affected, it will cause problems in planning, problem-solving, judgment, and impulse control. If the trauma occurs in the left side of the brain, it will lead to problems with speech, logic, talking, or understanding.
Trauma occurring on the right side of the brain will cause problems in processing visual information, and apraxia which is the ability to do day-to-day activities. There may be severe long-term effects from brain damage. Some of them include:
- Memory loss;
- Balance problems;
- Mood swings;
- Reduced language skills.
Brain injury may also result in physical or cognitive impairments causing depression, sleep disturbances, and sometimes wrongful death if the trauma is severe.
What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by a sudden blow, jolt, or penetrating head injury that severely affects the brain’s normal functioning.
There may be far-reaching effects of head trauma that may affect relationships, work, and any injury may lead to hefty medical bills.
What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Some of the causes of TBI include:
- Car accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Nursing home abuse;
- Defective product injuries.
Diagnosing a head injury may be challenging, as symptoms may show after some time. Therefore, you should avoid unnecessary delay in seeking medical advice for your injury. You must also document all your symptoms as they begin to surface.
Understanding The Short-Term Effects Of Concussions
If the head trauma is mild, such as a concussion, an individual may experience difficulty concentrating, dizziness, and minor vision changes. Some people may recover from concussion in a 30 to 90 days window. However, common short-term effects of brain damage include:
- Light sensitivity;
- Noise sensitivity;
- Disturbances in balance;
Other effects may affect your conversation when communicating with someone; you may lose your thoughts.
Can You Fully Recover From A Brain Injury?
The answer may vary depending on the type of injury, which can range from mild to moderate or severe. With mild to moderate TBI, the chances of recovering are much better than with severe TBI. In mild TBI, such as concussion, people generally recover within 3 months after the injury or maybe sooner.
In moderate TBI, many people recover most or all of the brain’s functioning after proper treatment. They may choose neurosurgery, physical therapy, language therapy, psychological services, and other appropriate treatment.
In severe TBI, recovery may be difficult to predict because it will entirely vary based on the location of brain damage, the severity of the injury, and other factors. In addition, the brain injury’s long-term effects may increase the length of recovery.
Can You Recover Compensation For The Long-Term Effects Of Head Trauma Caused By An Accident?
Victims of accidents leading to traumatic brain injury can file lawsuits and may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Sometimes, the at-fault party may be assessed punitive damages for extreme negligence. The victims may even receive awards reimbursing vocational rehabilitation services and other financial assistance relating to employment.
- Medical expenses may comprise hospital stays, medication, therapies, doctor visits, and bills.
- Lost wages may comprise several days when you cannot go to work due to your injury. It may also include loss of potential to work due to disability.
- To receive reimbursement for pain and suffering, you must prove that another party’s fault caused your injuries and damages.
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Our personal injury lawyer understands the complexities associated with TBI cases and the challenges their family members have to face. We will fight to protect your rights and we understand all your legal options. Schedule a free consultation for more information and how we can help. Call us at 215-883-8213.