There is no ‘typical’ traumatic brain injury (TBI), as your specific injury will depend on many factors, like the severity of the initial impact, the functions that have been affected, and so much more. With about 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries happening in the United States every year, it’s no surprise that many Americans are affected by them and that every case is unique in its own way. For some, recovery is quite fast and minor, and for others the effects could follow them through the rest of their lives.
Some of the common effects of long-term TBIs include:
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Impaired language
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of sensation
- Impaired cognitive function
- Loss of balance
- Degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s risks
There are three types of TBIs that can lead to long-term effects, which include the following:
- Closed Head: These are the most typical type of injuries that do not leave open wounds, but cause the head to move rapidly in different directions. It could cause internal bleeding and damage to nerve fibers.
- Open Wound: These are penetrating brain injuries that can cause a risk of exposure to the brain and external conditions through skull breaks. The wounds may be a bit graphic.
- Crushing: These injuries occur when the brain is compressed between two objects. Some of the short-term effects are severe bleeding and skull fractures. However, each one of these types of brain injuries can cause long, lasting effects.
How a TBI Can Impact Your Working Life
If you have sustained a brain injury due to an accident, one of the lasting impacts that might have affected you is the effect it has on your cognitive skills. This means that, as a result of your brain injury, you may have problems paying attention for long periods of time, concentrating on your work tasks, and remembering new materials if your memory has been affected. This could be an issue if, in your workplace, you are constantly switching routines and sustaining a major workload. Because of this, you could lose out on income if you are switched to a new, lesser-paying position, or have to take temporary or permanent leave from work altogether.
After an injury, it is important that you seek immediate medical treatment so that you can ensure that the effects of your injury will be minimized. It is a good idea to seek medical treatment in a center that specializes in trauma care. This is extremely beneficial to your health, as you could be suffering from life-threatening ailments and not even know it. It can also help your chance for recovery later on down the line when you are making your case, when the impact of your brain injury has left lasting results in your life.
If you have received limitations at your job due to your brain injury or are missing out on other important aspects of your life and suffering on an emotional level, you may have a personal injury case. At Accident Law Group, we will work with you to help you get the best results in your case. Call us today at 602-262-4254 for help with your case so you can receive compensation for a brain injury caused by another party.