If you suffer a brain injury in a fall, a car accident, or any other sort of catastrophic event, it’s normal to have short-term symptoms that may not last. Even a mild injury like a concussion can lead to vomiting, fatigue and mental confusion, which may clear up over time.
However, you may also experience long-term symptoms that can really change the course of your life. Sometimes they heal eventually; other times they do not. These are areas you must focus on if you’ve been injured, as long-term issues could make it harder to work, could bring about the need for consistent medical care and could impact your relationships in numerous ways.
Potential issues noted by the National Institutes of Health
First and foremost, brain injury symptoms depend on the specific area of the brain that was injured, along with the severity of the injury itself. This means that two people may have vastly different symptoms, despite both having a TBI. A few potential issues that the National Institutes of Health have noted in their research include:
- Neuroendocrine dysregulation
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Sleep disorders
- Psychiatric problems
Some TBI victims have mobility issues or problems with fine motor control. Others experience sensory issues, such as loss of a major sense or oversensitivity. Still others have mood changes and even personality changes, which can be very trying both for them and for those around them.
What options do you have after a brain injury?
No matter what specific long-term symptoms you are facing, if you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, then it is time for you to consider your legal options to seek compensation. The funds you are due can help you obtain treatment, additional care services and provide for your family in the future.