What are the Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

When an accident results in a traumatic brain injury (TBI), suffering from short- and long-term effects can lead to medical bills, missed work, and emotional suffering. While regaining your health and sense of self is your focus, no one deserves to suffer long-term from the lost wages and medical costs, as well.

It’s common for traumatic brain injuries to cause long-term damage or extended medical care. If you’ve suffered short- or long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury, the experienced team here at Hoffman Law Firm is here to fight for you. 

Read on to learn more about the effects of traumatic brain injuries. 

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What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be inflicted by a severe or violent jolt, blow, or bump to the head. Traumatic brain injuries can be penetrating, meaning an object penetrated the skull, or non-penetrating, meaning the injury occurred without the skull being penetrated by an object.

In a car accident, a TBI can result from a hard thrust forward after being struck, hitting your head against a part of your vehicle, or being struck by an unobscured object in your vehicle for example. 

Short Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries   

Short-term TBI effects can occur immediately after the incident or can sometimes show up hours, days, or weeks later. The most common short-term effects of a traumatic brain injury are dizziness, headaches, and fatigue. If you’ve suffered a TBI, in the short-term, you may also experience:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Drowsiness or loss of consciousness
  • Problems with speech
  • Lightheadedness
  • Difficulties with coordination
  • Trouble sleeping

You may also experience short-term emotional effects, such as:

  • Mood swings
  • Depression 
  • Frustration/irritability
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Paranoia

Long Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries  

While long-term effects of a TBI aren’t as common as the short-term effects, they are typically more serious. If a TBI goes untreated, it can lead to a risk of Alzheimer’s disease, issues with verbal communication, memory loss, and reasoning abilities. The long-term emotional effects of a TBI can be depression, personality changes, aggression, and inappropriate social behavior. 

Be sure to get checked out by your doctor if you notice any long-term effects of your head injury to keep them from causing more serious complications.

What to Do If You’ve Suffered TBI?

If you have short-term or long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury, seek medical attention so you can receive the appropriate treatment. For mild TBIs, commonly referred to as a concussion, a doctor will usually just prescribe rest. Complete rest and slowly returning to regular activities is crucial for healing a mild TBI, as you do not want to prolong your healing.

If you have a severe TBI, surgery and rehabilitation may be necessary. Counseling can be a great option for those rehabilitating from a TBI, so they can receive support for the stress, worries, and emotional distress they’ve experienced from the injury. 

We encourage you to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer so all of your focus can be on rehabilitating and feeling like yourself again. Let your skilled attorney handle your insurance claims and get you the compensation you deserve for your suffering. 

Contact Hoffman Law Firm Today!

A traumatic brain injury can result in short- and long-term effects, including financial and occupational. Through all your pain and suffering, you deserve to have someone on your side to get you the help you deserve. Our dedicated legal team at Hoffman Law Firm is here to fight for you so your health can be your primary focus.

Plus, you only pay us if we win your case.

Located in Charleston, SC, we support accident victims throughout the Palmetto State. Our personal injury lawyers here at Hoffman Law Firm have extensive experience handling a wide variety of cases. We have established a reputation for success, as well as great service! To meet with a member of our team, schedule your free consultation today. 

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