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What Are The Long-Term Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

What Are The Long-Term Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Brain injuries are often caused by personal injuries such as car accidents, falls, slips and trips, assaults, and sports injuries. They can have a significant impact on the lives of the victim and their families. The costs associated with a brain injury can be huge. 

At Maryland Injury Guys, we provide free consultations for personal injury cases in Maryland. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, we are here to help. Call our brain injury law firm for a free consultation today.

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What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external force causes damage to the brain. This may happen due to a car accident, sports injury, fall, assault, gunshot wound, or any number of events. TBI is one of the most common types of injuries suffered by Americans each year. In addition to physical trauma, TBI often results in emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, anger, confusion, memory issues, and sleep disorders.

It is estimated that nearly 2 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries every year. However, these numbers represent only those who seek medical attention. Many others go undiagnosed and untreated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.7 million emergency department visits occur annually among individuals under 65 years old. Of these, roughly half result from unintentional falls, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, and sports/athletics-related incidents.

While TBI is usually caused by an external event, sometimes it is caused by internal factors such as stroke or seizures. Although TBI is a serious condition, it does not necessarily mean death. Some survivors recover completely, while others live with permanent disabilities.

What Are the Different Types of TBI?

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in children, teens, adults, and seniors. There are no specific symptoms associated with each type of traumatic brain injury. However, most people who suffer from these injuries are aware of the problem.

There are three main types of traumatic brain injuries: 

  • Concussions can happen when the head hits another object.
  • Contusions can happen when the skull impacts another object.
  • Diffuse axonal injuries can happen when the brain moves inside the skull.

These types of traumatic brain injuries happen in sports, car accidents, falls, and violent acts. They can cause headaches, dizziness, memory problems, confusion, seizures, coma, paralysis, vision changes, and speech difficulties.

What Are Common Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Long-term effects of TBI are often overlooked until they become severe. However, early treatment can prevent permanent damage. If you think you or a loved one has suffered head trauma, contact a medical professional immediately.

Cognitive impairment refers to any change in a person's ability to learn, remember, concentrate, plan, solve problems, or perform daily tasks.

People who suffer from cognitive impairments may forget things easily, have trouble remembering names, faces, places, and appointments, or struggle with math and reading comprehension.

Although most cases of TBI resolve within one month, some patients continue to suffer from lingering symptoms for years after the initial incident. These long-lasting effects may affect the patient's ability to perform daily tasks, maintain relationships, and live independently.

Common long-term effects of TBS include:

  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disorders
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Impulsivity
  • Hyperactivity
  • Disinhibition
  • Poor impulse control
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Increased medical costs

What Are The Most Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Some of the most common causes of a TBI include car accidents, sports injuries, workplace accidents, falls, assaults, and gunshot wounds. Other causes of a TBI can include a blow to the head or neck, a penetrating head injury, a concussion, and a seizure disorder.

If you have suffered a TBI, it is important to seek the care and attention you need right away. It is also critical to file a personal injury lawsuit immediately after you have been diagnosed with a TBI.

Compensation For Brain Injuries

At Maryland Injury Lawyers, we know that the best way to fight for justice after a traumatic brain injury is to have the right legal representation from the beginning. This means having a qualified and experienced Maryland brain injury lawyer on your side.

If you have a TBI, you deserve compensation for your suffering, and we are ready to fight for you. Call our law firm in Maryland today for a free case evaluation.

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Aaron Blank Esq
Date Published: August 29, 2022
Aaron Blank is a patient safety advocate who holds the healthcare system responsible when it fails. He keeps businesses accountable if they choose profits over the safety of the community, and he ensures car insurance companies pay their fair share for the harm that reckless drivers cause. Aaron and his proficient legal team bring an approach based on dedication, guidance, and compassion through the difficult process of pursuing serious injury claims. He has dedicated his career to fighting for injury victims to recover losses from medical expenses, lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, or the loss of a loved one.
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