Brain injuries are serious and always require immediate medical attention due to the potentially life-threatening consequences they present to those who are not treated in the aftermath. In addition to having serious immediate effects, severe brain injuries can also produce long-term effects that can affect a survivor for the rest of his or her life, requiring ongoing medical care and resulting in painful symptoms that never dissipate.
How a Brain Injury Can Affect You
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.7 million brain injuries are sustained every year in the United States. The location of the impact, the victim’s overall health, the amount of force applied, and how soon one receives treatment can all affect the potential for long-term side effects. Given the number of variables involved, it is no wonder why it is exceptionally difficult to say exactly what the long-term effects of a brain injury might be.
Although every brain injury is unique, many share several similar side effects. Below are some of the most common ones:
- Extreme mood swings
- Partial paralysis
- Difficulty with language
- Memory loss
- Loss of consciousness or coma
- Impaired cognitive abilities
- Loss of sensation in one’s toes or fingers
- Trouble with balance
- Increased risk of developing degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease
Moreover, the symptoms one experiences can worsen over time. Side effects that were once manageable can become unbearable throughout the years, which is why brain injury survivors must regularly have their head examined by a brain injury rehabilitation specialist.
Severe brain injuries that are most prone to causing long-lasting side effects include:
- Crushing brain injuries, which occur when the brain is compressed between two objects, potentially resulting in skull fractures and severe bleeding.
- Open wound injuries, which are commonly referred to as penetrating brain injuries, can expose the brain to external elements if there is a break in the skull. Although these injuries tend to look more alarming, they are not necessarily more severe than closed head injuries.
- Closed head injuries, which tend to leave no trace of bleeding or open wounds, can still result in serious internal damage and long-term side effects.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today!
If you sustained a serious brain injury in an accident caused by negligence, contact the skilled personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin to secure the legal representation to hold the responsible party liable for your pain and suffering. Our team has been serving the wrongfully injured for more than two decades and is backed by a proven history of success, so you can feel confident in our ability to do what is necessary to ensure you do not end up paying for someone else’s mistakes. Let our personal injury attorneys be your voice inside or outside of court.