A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be as simple as a concussion that heals in a few weeks. It can also be as serious as a catastrophic injury that leaves you with a life-long disability. Many brain injuries fall somewhere in the middle.
That said, having lasting symptoms or issues is certainly common. For example, one study found that about 20% of people with serious injuries later said they had physical health challenges. In some instances, these came about decades after the incident. TBIs do not just lead to cognitive issues but other ones as well.
Potential symptoms that have been reported
You may have symptoms immediately that never go away, so you’ll know what to expect, or you could have symptoms that develop over time. A few complications that people tend to see include:
- The onset of degenerative brain diseases
- Serious migraines and consistent headaches
- Sensory issues, like extreme sensitivity to lights or sound
- Problems with memory, such as issues remembering things that happened long ago or problems creating new memories
- Balance and mobilities issues, along with dizziness
- Significant personality changes, such as the onset of depression or a feeling of irritability
Of course, some of these things can lead to other issues. A degenerative brain disease could slowly reduce skills and abilities over time so that symptoms can worsen later in life.
If you have suffered a TBI in a car or workplace accident or some other event, you need to know how to seek proper compensation. This can help cover medical costs that may also last for life, along with lost wages, lost earning capacity and much more.