Long-Term Impact of a Serious Brain Injury

Few people fully understand the serious nature of brain injuries. Even a minor injury could affect your cognitive functioning for life, making it impossible for you to do the things you once did. Brain injuries affect people differently, and yours could affect your concentration or make it difficult to express yourself.

It’s imperative that you seek medical attention immediately following a traumatic brain injury—early care can help limit the damage a brain injury could cause. In many cases, medical treatment following a serious blow to the head could save your life.

How Brain Injuries Occur

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur in a number of ways, but they nearly always involve trauma or an impact to the head. In some cases, you could receive brain trauma as a direct result of your head striking a solid object.

In other cases, the force of your head being snapped forward or backward on your neck could cause brain trauma as your brain connects with your skull. In this example, your head doesn’t actually have to strike an object for a brain injury to occur. These types of injuries often happen in car accidents.

The following are several common ways people obtain brain injuries:

Signs You’ve Suffered a Head Injury

Anytime your head forcefully connects with another object, you could have suffered a serious brain injury. Many people don’t take head trauma seriously, thinking they’ll be fine. But many signs and symptoms of brain injuries don’t show up right away. This leads some people to not seek medical attention at all.

Keep an eye out for these symptoms and seek medical care immediately if you notice any:

  • Slurred speech
  • Headache
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleepiness
  • Woozy or nauseated feeling
  • Dizziness
  • Behavioral changes

How a Head Injury Could Impact You for Life

The trauma from a head injury can impact your cognitive functioning at different levels and in various ways. The effects from your injury could be quite mild to very severe. Some people will recover in time, while others will be permanently changed. Here are some of the long-term effects of a serious brain injury:

  • Memory loss and amnesia
  • Changes in personality, mood, and behavior
  • Difficulty with focus and concentration
  • Speech and communication issues
  • Physical limitations, such as trouble walking

Any of one of these effects could change your entire life. Your injury could change who you are as a person; your ability to work could be gone forever; you may not be able to engage in pursuits you once enjoyed; and you may actually lose important memories.

Help for Brain Injury Victims

Brain injuries can affect your cognition for life. If your brain injury was the result of someone else’s negligent actions, you can file a personal injury claim to recover fair compensation. You deserve compensation for the losses you’ve suffered because of your head injury, including medical expenses, missed wages, and disability.

The Kindley Firm, APC, is ready to discuss the details of your case. We offer free consultations so you can get an idea of how much your claim is worth. Call us at 619-550-1313 or complete the online contact form below.