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The Long-Term Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted By Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. | 15-Mar-2017

While no two traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are the same, they can leave lasting effects on a victim’s life. The scale of these effects often depends on a number of factors, such as: the severity of the initial injury, the speed and completeness of physiological healing, the types of mental functions affected, the resources available to aid recovery, how the sufferer feels about their injury, and more. The consequences of a TBI can vary widely, depending on the individual.

Typically, not all functions will be effected by a TBI. You may be able to perform certain skills, remember old memories, recall your knowledge of the world, or other functions. You may or may not regain function with treatment. The highly individual nature of TBIs can make the lasting consequences of these injuries unpredictable.

TBIs can come with a host of complications that require treatment. The side effects of brain injuries can last a lifetime, and often affect the victim’s loved ones as well. These can include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Depression
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Post-concussive syndrome
  • Progressive dementia
  • Suicide
  • Seizures
  • Parkinsonism
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Psychosis
  • Endocrine dysfunction
  • Ocular-motor disturbances

Along with physiological symptoms, TBIs are frequently accompanied by changes in mood, depression, aggression, or other changes in personality. These sudden changes can cause even more strain on an individual who is already recovering from a physical injury. Often, social isolation, unemployment, and suicide are factors that victims of TBIs face.

Do TBIs Deserve More Compensation?

Traumatic brain injuries have more than just a physical effect. They can change an individual’s life, relationships, moods, and ability to function independently. TBIs can be disabling in ways that other injures cannot, and some side effects may go undiagnosed and untreated.

Treatment for brain injuries can be expensive and lengthy. Patients often require multiple CT scans and MRIs to monitor the damage and the progress of recovery. Rehabilitation and therapy are often needed to regain functions that were damaged by the injury and to recover some measure of independence. New conditions, such as seizures or migraines, can require life-long medication for a lifetime to control symptoms. The cost of ongoing treatment and management of a TBI can add up quickly.

Those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury deserve compensation to pay for their medical bills, make up for lost wages, and help make the changes their injury requires. The cost of a TBI can be very high, and often the compensation received isn’t enough to cover the damages. Special consideration should be taken for traumatic brain injuries when making a personal injury claim.

Have you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of an accident? San Antonio catastrophic injury attorneys are available to help with your claim. Contact theTom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. today for a free case evaluation.

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