Whether it was from a car crash or because of another incident, a brain injury can have devastating consequences in your life. A traumatic brain injury is a result of a major blow or jolt to the body or head. It might be a penetrating injury, where a piece of glass or an object pierces the skull or brain. It may also be a nonpenetrating injury, where the brain is bruised, bleeding or swelling within the skull.
Brain injuries can be mild, moderate or acute. Moderate and acute injuries are the most likely to cause long-term issues with your health. Mild injuries tend to resolve within a few weeks or months, but they can still have some lasting symptoms.
Moderate-to-acute injuries can have devastating consequences for victims, such as causing:
- Convulsions or seizures
- Trouble sleeping or waking
- Weakness in the body
- A loss of coordination
- Repeated nausea or vomiting
- Persistent headaches
- Slurred speech
- Changes in behavior
- Significant confusion
All of these changes can be hard to adjust to, which is why some patients go on to develop anxiety and depression. Others may struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder after their injury.
There is no question that good medical care can make a difference in a patient’s outcome. The right therapies and supports can help on the route to recovery. Patients may want to look into physical therapy, neurological treatments as well as other options discussed by their medical providers.
Our website has more information on living with a new brain injury and what you should expect if you decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against whoever is responsible for your injuries.