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Short and long-term side effects of traumatic brain injuries

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2022 | Brain Injuries

Suffering a traumatic brain injury is often a life-altering experience. In the United States alone, approximately one in every 60 people are living with a disability related to a traumatic brain injury. Side effects of traumatic brain injuries — TBIs — can be intense and long-lasting, complicating the overall recoveries of Delaware victims. 

Short-term side effects

Whether suffered in a car accident, fall, physical assault or sports injury, short-term side TBI side effects can be debilitating. Even the description short-term can be misleading. While some symptoms do clear up in days or weeks, other short-term side effects may last as long as 90 days. Here are just a few examples of these side effects: 

  • Balance issues 
  • Confusion 
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Headaches 
  • Light sensitivity 
  • Noise sensitivity 

Long-term side effects

Long-term side effects will differ depending on where in a victim’s brain the injury took place. For example, TBIs in the forehead or frontal lobe area may impact reasoning and problem solving more heavily than TBIs that occur elsewhere. In general, TBI victims may expect to experience some of the following long-term side effects: 

  • Balance issues 
  • Dizziness 
  • Fatigue 
  • Headaches 
  • Limited language skills 
  • Memory loss 
  • Mood swings 
  • Seizures 
  • Visual changes 

Victims of traumatic brain injuries often struggle to return to life as normal before their injuries. For many in Delaware, this is out of the question altogether. This is one of the reasons why compensation secured via a personal injury claim can be so important, as it can be applied toward things like medical bills and related damages.