Lasting symptoms of TBIs: What to expect

Written on behalf of Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP

There are some consequences of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that develop six months or later following an injury. These consequences include headaches, seizures and other serious symptoms of past injuries.

As a patient recovering from a traumatic brain injury, it’s very important to stick with the treatment plan your doctor has prescribed for you. Everyone recovers differently, so what works for someone else may vary for you. The good news is that many people recover well from traumatic brain injuries, even if they have some lasting consequences

Lasting effects of traumatic brain injuries

When the brain is injured, it must reroute communication channels. That takes time and is why certain actions or processes change following an injury. For example, you may struggle to speak following a brain injury but relearn how to do so within a few months. This is because the brain has the ability to reroute communication through channels that are not damaged, helping you regain your abilities. Other parts of the brain also take over, learning what the injured area has forgotten.

Sometimes, there are lasting effects of brain injuries even if you recover most of your abilities. This isn’t uncommon, especially if it was a significant injury. Common long-term side effects include seizures, blindness, weakness in the limbs and headaches. There are other lasting symptoms you may be affected by depending on the area of the brain that was injured.

What should you do if you have a brain injury caused by an accident?

The best thing you can do is to seek medical help soon after an accident, so you get the best treatment right away. Early treatment helps reduce the risk of complications and injuries that spread. With early treatment, the likelihood of lasting side effects and symptoms is reduced, helping you live in the future with fewer concerns.

Depending on the cause of your injury, you may may several legal options for compensation. This compensation should cover things you need such as MRIs and CT scans, physical or occupational therapy and medications. These initial tests and treatments help reduce the risk of long-term symptoms, but since every patient is different, there is no guarantee that you will have a life free from symptoms following the primary recovery period. For this reason, you should maintain good records and avoid settling your case until you’re certain about how the brain injury will affect you in the future.

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