A traumatic brain injury is a very serious condition that can have some immediate symptoms. You may lose consciousness, have difficulty with sensitivity to light or sound, or experience mental confusion.
While many of these symptoms will fade or heal over time, it’s important to note that there can also be long-term effects. Even when you heal from a TBI, some of these symptoms may stay for life.
For instance, memory loss is common after a TBI. Some people can’t remember the moment that they got hurt. Others struggle to create new memories. Still, others have issues with long-term memory. It all depends on the portion of the brain that was injured and how severe that injury was.
In some cases, people have mental or cognitive issues that they didn’t have before. For instance, you could have reduced language skills. Maybe you struggle to find the right word and it always feels like it’s on the tip of your tongue.
A TBI can also lead to some long-term physical issues, with perhaps the most serious being the onset of paralysis. Some people suffer from seizures. Still others have constant headaches or dizziness. Some have chronic fatigue.
But with any of these potential symptoms, you can see the impact they may have on your life. Memory loss or issues with language skills could make it impossible for you to work in your career, for instance. This would mean that the traumatic brain injury is costing you an incredible amount in future earnings, not just lost wages on the day that it happened. Make sure you are well aware of all the options you have to seek financial compensation.