Why It's Important To Think Long-Term Following a Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious injuries an individual can experience. Unlike bones, ligaments, and tendons that may heal completely, most injuries to the brain have a lasting impact. As research into brain injuries progresses, scientists and doctors are finding links to long-term consequences that all TBI survivors should understand and prepare for.
Possible Long-Term Impacts of TBI
Every TBI is as different as every individual. For this reason, it's not possible to say that because someone has suffered a TBI that they will suffer these impacts. But, recent studies published in the Journal of Neurotrauma showed that there is an increased likelihood that warrants additional monitoring and enhanced vigilance.
Roughly one in every three TBI survivors is likely to suffer cognitive symptoms. These can include confusion, loss of motor coordination, loss of short or long-term memory, and impaired judgment.
In fact, memory problems are common, and roughly 70% of TBI survivors reported memory problems one year post-injury. Other long-term complaints of TBI survivors include the inability to concentrate, persistent fatigue, debilitating headaches, and sleep disorders.
Preparing for The Long Haul
The first six months post-injury are critical. It is during this period that the brain will recover the fastest. Over time, the recovery rate will taper off. That said, some individuals have reported gradual improvement in the years following the first. Age, overall health, the effectiveness of the treatment regimen, and the severity of injury all influence the potential recovery.
What is becoming increasingly clear is that TBI's have far more impact on brain health than was previously understood. Mild to moderate TBI's increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's by 2.3 times, while severe TBI increases the risk more than 4.5 times. It's particularly common in individuals who have suffered multiple injuries, such as athletes, first responders, and others who have an increased risk of TBI through sports or their profession.
Preparing for Years Ahead
When pursuing compensation for a TBI, all individuals should consider these potential ramifications. While the money may never be needed for long-term care, assistive living, etc., setting a portion of any settlement aside today could provide invaluable assistance tomorrow.
For more information about traumatic brain injury, contact Welmaker Injury Law at (210) 828-6033, and we will be happy to answer your questions and tell you more about your legal options in Texas.