Over 80 percent of people who suffer a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will not suffer any long-term effects of their injury and typically recover quickly. However, less than 20 percent of people who suffer Traumatic Brain Injuries, usually moderate to severe injuries, may have to face long-term symptoms and issues as a result.
Moderate to severe TBI can result in people suffering from physical and mental disabilities. Even when it may seem that a TBI patient has fully recovered from their brain injury, the chances are that they will be suffering symptoms for the rest of their lives.
The damage caused to the brain of a patient who has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury can result in the patient experiencing motor deficits, their motor skills or movement could be negatively affected. Some of the possible long-term motor deficits and disabilities caused by TBI include:
- Vision issues.
- Loss of fine motor skills.
- Difficulty thinking and remembering.
- Muscle stiffness or uncontrolled movement.
- Problems swallowing, talking, or walking.
If you or someone you know has suffered a Traumatic brain injury, whether it is a severe or mild injury, you could be entitled to compensation. Call The Law Place today to schedule a free consultation for your case at (941) 444-4444.
What Are the Effects of Suffering a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury?
If you suffer a severe TBI, you may encounter further long-term effects, which can make the recovery process considerably longer. Some of these effects will disappear over time as it is possible to recover from some of them. Further long-lasting effects of severe Traumatic Brain Injuries include:
- Cognitive effects – The long-lasting effects of this nature can involve memory problems, difficultly with concentration, difficulty with language processing, slow speed of processing, impulsiveness, confusion, and distractability.
- Physical effects – These effects can be hugely debilitating to a person and their quality of life if they suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury. They can include sleeping disorders, physical paralysis, seizures, loss of stamina, chronic pain, hormonal changes, difficulty regulating body temperature, and difficulty swallowing.
- Effects on hearing – A TBI can result in a person losing or having a decreased hearing, tinnitus, and an increased sensitivity or intolerance to sounds around them.
- Effects on vision – Traumatic brain injuries may lead to a person suffering a loss of vision, diplopia, blurred vision, involuntary eye movements, problems judging distance, and photophobia.
- Speech and language effects – Sometimes, even a mild traumatic brain injury may result in a victim having slurred speech, aphasia, problems with reading comprehension, and them speaking either very fast or very slow.
- Social-emotional or behavioral effects – A person who suffers a Traumatic Brain Injury may suffer a lack of motivation, have fluctuating emotions, depression, aggression, dependant behaviors, irritability, and denial or lack of awareness.
- Sensory and perceptual effects – Traumatic Brain Injury can result in people having difficulty perceiving temperature, difficulty distinguishes between touch and pressure sensations, difficulty positioning their arms and legs, and difficulty understanding and integrating the information they receive through their five senses.
If you have any further questions or queries concerning the long-term impacts that Traumatic Brain Injuries can have, contact The Law Place in Florida today. Our legal team has over 75 years of combined experience; therefore, one of our brain injury lawyers will use their experience to give you all the help and legal advice that you may be seeking.
Can Head Injuries Cause Problems Years Later?
It is important to know that head injuries can cause problems years after suffering an accident involving trauma to your head.
If you or someone you know has suffered a concussion, a type of Traumatic Brain Injury, it is crucial that you seek immediate medical attention as the ramifications of such an injury can be huge. A concussion is a head injury, often caused by an excessive blow, impact, or force to the head that can consequently injure the brain. A brain injury can potentially lead to a loss of consciousness and can impair a person’s emotional, physical, and cognitive features for days or even weeks.
There have recently been many studies focusing on the lasting effects that concussions and other types of brain injury can have on a person in their life. Professionals are much more aware of the short-term impacts but do believe that concussions and other types of brain injury increase the chance of a person suffering memory loss later in their life.
Some lasting effects of a head injury can lead to partial or total disability later on in a person’s life. This can mean that a person will be prevented from making a functional and psychological recovery.
To avoid any lasting effects, it is advised that if you have suffered a brain injury, severe or not, that you should immediately be evaluated by a doctor. After suffering a TBI, you should take the necessary time to recover and slowly increase your physical activity and exercise under the close supervision of your doctor. During the recovery process for your brain injury, you should avoid placing unnecessary strain on your brain until your learning processes have made a full recovery. You may also find that seeking treatment for any sleep and mood disturbances you may be facing can help aid your TBI recovery.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any lasting impacts of their brain injury, such as any cognitive symptoms, even if it’s years after you suffered the TBI and it was never seen as severe, you should seek medical attention.
The lasting effects of injuries to the head can cause problems and can deeply affect a person. If you have any further queries concerning the lasting effects of a brain injury, contact The Law Place today. One of our brain injury lawyers will try their hardest to answer any questions you may have. If you or someone you know has been affected by a brain injury, we could help you claim compensation. The lasting impacts of a brain injury, such as memory loss, can affect you greatly, and you shouldn’t have to face it alone. The Law Place in Florida can help you. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Can Someone Fully Recover From Traumatic Brain Injury?
It is possible for a person to fully recover from a Traumatic brain injury. However, it will very much depend on how severe the brain injury sustained was and who the person is with the brain injury.
In the early stages of recovery, the eyes of the person who suffered the brain injury may remain closed, and they may show no signs of awareness. This is just because they could have experienced swelling, bleeding, or changes in brain chemistry after suffering their accident, and therefore the function of their healthy brain tissue is likely to be affected. Over time, a person’s eyes are likely to reopen, and sleep-wake cycles commonly begin.
In the early stages of recovery, a person could be in a coma, vegetative state or a minimally conscious state. If your family memory has suffered a brain injury, it can seem worrying, but often it simply just part of the recovery process for a brain injury.
After a person has suffered a brain injury, they are likely to experience a period of confusion and disorientation. This is sometimes referred to as post-traumatic amnesia. The correct name for post-traumatic amnesia is a confusional state. During this period of recovery, a person who has suffered a brain injury is likely to face difficulty in remembering things and paying attention. This stage of recovery can result in the victim of a brain injury being nervous, agitated, restless, and easily frustrated. It is also likely that they are to get upset easily and have their sleeping pattern disrupted. This can be very disturbing for family members and loved ones to witness as their loved one who has suffered a brain injury is now behaving so uncharacteristically. This stage of recovery can be incredibly tough; ups and downs are completely normal. It is important to remember that often, a person’s ability to get better and improve will increase over time.
A person can fully recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury, depending on a variety of circumstances. However, recovery is more common than what a lot of people assume. If a person is going to make a full recovery, it will be noticeable in the first six months after a person has suffered their brain injury. This is because the fastest improvement usually occurs within the first six months.
No one knows why some people can experience a full recovery, and others cannot. For this reason, it is recommended that people who are injured protect their brains and ensure they’re healthy for the rest of their lives. You can maintain the health of your brain by exercising and avoiding alcohol and other drugs.
If you have any further questions concerning TBI, contact The Law Place today. One of our brain injury lawyers will be able to use their experience to answer any questions you have as best as they can. Additionally, if you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury and are seeking legal representation, contact our legal team today to schedule a free consultation.
Should I Contact a Lawyer?
Brain injuries can show up many years later after suffering a head injury. This is because of the complex and complicated nature of the brain. When such an organ is damaged, it can be difficult to know what the lasting damage is.
It is very much possible for a person to suffer no major TBI symptoms after suffering a head injury but will later in life begin to experience symptoms such as seizures.
This is why at The Law Place, we recommend that even if you have suffered a minor head injury that you seek professional medical attention and have your injury fully evaluated. Brain injuries are incredibly serious and can have life-altering consequences.
Contact The Law Place in Florida if you have any further questions or think that you may want to make a brain injury claim. We can give you all the advice you need. Call us today on (941) 444-4444.