Brain Injuries Are Different From Other Injuries
The Short– And Long–Term Effects Of A TBI
Anyone can get an injury to the head. Car accidents, sporting accidents and even falls can all cause a serious, traumatic head injury. A slight bump to the head can cause short-term injury, while a stronger impact can leave lasting damage. These injuries are termed “traumatic” because they are caused by an outside source, not an internal bodily issue.
The short-term effects of a head injury or concussion are:
- Momentary loss of consciousness
- Dizziness, blurred vision or ringing in the ears
- Neck pain
- Short-term confusion
- Sensitivity to light and sound
The long-term effects of a brain injury are:
- Skull fracture
- Loss of consciousness that can last hours or cause a coma
- Convulsions or seizures
- Slurred speech
- Memory loss
- Changes to personality
To find out if the brain is damaged, an MRI or a CT scan will need to be done. The care and costs related to a brain injury can skyrocket. Because the brain is so complex, recovery may involve multiple scans, surgeries, and therapies, including physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. This is why it is important to speak with a personal injury attorney whenever someone has suffered an accident involving a head injury.
The True Cost Of A TBI
A brain injury can do more than just cause pain; it can change a person’s personality. A brain injury can change a person’s educational course, career and personal relationships. For some people, a TBI means a setback of months. For others, it can cost years. And for many people, their lives are never really the same, and no dollar value in the world can compensate someone for that. But there is a path to attain the compensation necessary to pay the bills, pay the required therapy and recoup the genuine loss in income. Thomas Benton can help you and your family pursue this compensation.