From an increased chance of concussion to radical changes in personality, medical science is still exploring and discovering long-term effects of brain injury. When brain injury occurs, the immediate damage may not be visible. Effects may linger for months or years thereafter, and their significance and prominence can strongly vary.
What Happens After a Brain Injury?
Short-term, the brain may swell and headaches, confusion, loss of consciousness, memory issues, and/or nausea may occur. But it’s a mistake to assume that you’re fine after you stop feeling the immediate effects. A brain injury can cause long-term issues, such as anxiety, depression, and other mood-related problems. Traumatic brain injuries can potentially make it difficult or impossible to hold down a job, make it difficult to maintain interpersonal relationships, and otherwise make it difficult to manage your day-to-day life.
What Should You Do After a Brain Injury?
Any injury to your head, even very slight, could potentially cause a brain injury. Even if the immediate results aren’t dramatic, it’s possible that they could become more severe over time. If you experience a blow to the head, a severe car accident, or other type of head injury, you should immediately go to the doctor and thoroughly document what occurred. If someone else was responsible for your injury, or if it was a workplace incident, you’re going to need thorough documentation to as evidence. Further, you will want to continue going to the doctor for follow-ups to chart your progress.
Why Is a Brain Injury Dangerous?
Once you’ve experienced a TBI, any subsequent brain injury can be that much more dangerous. Having a concussion previously puts you at risk for issues such as concussion syndrome. If you are hit in the head again later, the results could be far more severe than if you had never experienced a brain injury before. Because of this, your recovery from subsequent injuries can be that much more involved, complex, and uncomfortable. It’s important to have thorough medical documentation for any TBI for these reasons and more.
A traumatic brain injury can be frightening. Importantly, you must never assume that you’re entirely out of the woods as far as injuries go, because there may be long-term issues far beyond what you’ve experienced thus far. For more information about TBIs, the law, and how to pursue compensation for injuries, contact the professionals at Imbriale Injury Law.