Can a TBI have catastrophic long-term effects?

On Behalf of | May 19, 2024 | Brain Injury |

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a serious medical condition that can result from a blow or jolt to the head. This could be a result of falls, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries or violent assaults.

These injuries can have catastrophic long-term effects on the victim, significantly impacting their quality of life and overall functioning.

What are the devastating effects of a TBI?

If you are a victim of a TBI, you may experience a range of devastating effects, including:

  • Cognitive deficits: TBI victims may struggle with memory loss, difficulty concentrating, impaired judgment and challenges with problem-solving and decision-making. These cognitive issues can make it hard to manage daily activities, maintain employment or engage in social interactions, leading to a significant decline in independence and quality of life.
  • Exposure to neurodegenerative diseases: In severe cases, TBI victims may be at a higher risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This increased risk can lead to further cognitive decline, motor impairments and a profound impact on long-term health and well-being.
  • Cranial nerve damage: The injury can damage the cranial nerves, leading to a variety of issues such as loss of sense of smell (anosmia), visual disturbances, facial muscle paralysis and hearing loss. These sensory and motor impairments can significantly affect daily functioning and quality of life.
  • Seizures and loss of balance: TBIs can also result in long-term complications such as seizures and loss of balance, which can further impair mobility, increase the risk of falls and disrupt daily activities and independence.
  • Loss of speech: Victims may also experience aphasia, a condition that impairs the ability to understand or express speech. This can range from difficulty finding words to complete inability to communicate verbally. Aphasia can greatly hinder social interactions, relationships and overall quality of life, as effective communication is essential for daily functioning and engagement with others.

If you suffered a traumatic brain injury due to another party’s negligence, consider seeking legal guidance to better understand your options for pursuing compensation and justice for your injuries.