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Can the effects of a TBI last a lifetime?

| Sep 10, 2020 | Injuries |

Virginia drivers like you may suffer from head injuries if you get involved in a crash. Head, back and neck injuries are the most common, after all. Unfortunately, injuries to these areas also take a long time to recover from.

If you suffered from a brain injury in a crash, you may deal with the effects in the short term. But you could find the long-term impacts of these injuries unexpected.

Physical affects of TBIs

Mayo Clinic examines traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which is often a chief complaint from crash victims. TBIs affect many aspects of your life, including your physical, mental and emotional states.

Physically, brain injuries can alter your senses and make you suffer from migraines. For example, you may suffer from tinnitus, or a ringing in the ears. You can experience paralysis of the tongue, difference in taste, and altered vision. Your eyesight may blur, or you could see light or color anomalies.

How TBIs affect emotional and mental states

Mentally and emotionally, TBIs take a toll on your well-being. You likely suffer from some sort of issue with your memory. You might struggle with short-term memory and find it hard to recall things that just happened. This makes organizing your daily life extremely difficult. You often need to make big adjustments to accommodate for these differences.

TBIs sometimes damage your ability to cope with negative life events, too. This means the stress you inevitably feel after a crash gets amplified. In turn, this often leads to outbursts, tantrums and other emotional difficulties that you and your loved ones may struggle to cope with. These changes can last anywhere from weeks to months to years, with some lasting a lifetime. This is why many people in your shoes choose to seek compensation.