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The Impacts of a Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most devastating injuries that can happen. Since our brains control our cognitive functions, motor skills, and our overall ability to function as a human being, a head injury can severely impact your quality of life. These injuries range from mild traumatic brain injury (also called concussions) to life-threatening cases involving long term consequences or even death. TBI's are also becoming more and more common each year. The most common causes are motor vehicle accidents, contact sports, and military combat. Even when you take as many precautions as possible, traumatic brain injuries can still happen. If you or one of your family members has suffered a traumatic brain injury, it's important to realize what impacts this may have.
1. Short-term
In the time immediately following your damage to the brain, there is a series of symptoms and impacts to look out for. The most common of these include:

  • A loss of consciousness. In a minor concussion, this may or may not occur, or may be very brief. Severe TBI's can knock someone out for minutes or hours.
  • Nausea/Vomiting. This is one of the most common immediate impacts of a traumatic brain injury.
  • Headache. The severity of a headache can vary with the severity of the initial trauma.
  • Sleep Disturbances. A person may become more fatigued after a TBI and sleep more. Conversely, they may be unable to fall asleep.
Someone can also develop PCS, or post-concussion syndrome, following a TBI. This is when the above symptoms persist for days, weeks, or even months past the initial concussion.
2. Long-term
After the initial TBI heals, a head injury can continue to impact the patient's quality of life far into the future. Since an injury of this sort often damages brain tissue or brain cells permanently, the road to recovery is often long and imperfect. The most common long-term effect of a TBI is behavioral changes. Many sufferers have problems maintaining relationships from before their accident. Those with traumatic brain injuries may also become more aggressive or reckless.

Long-term effects can be physical as well. If parts of the brain governing movement were damaged by the injury, a person may suffer paralysis or loss of balance. This can require physical rehabilitation to regain the ability to care for one's self. Headaches may also persist beyond post-concussion symptoms and become a long-term effect. Some sufferers even develop seizures, also known a Post-Traumatic Epilepsy.
3. Financial
In the period following your traumatic brain injury, you are likely more focused on your physical health than your financial health. However, TBIs can have lasting financial consequences for you and your family. It's important to note that the initial hospital bill is not the only cost, as you may need rehab or other expensive treatments. Overall, estimates place the total cost of a more severe TBI between $600,000 and $1,875,000.

Besides medical bills, you will also have to contend with lost wages if your injury is severe enough that you cannot keep working. Depending on the long-term effects of your traumatic brain injury, you may even need to switch your field of employment. All of this can have a huge impact on your life.

After suffering a concussion or TBI, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. At Grabb & Durando, our attorneys are experienced and aggressive. Our law firm will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve, so all you need to worry about is your recovery. Contact us today, and let us fight for you!