The Permanent Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a type of brain dysfunction that results from an external force or trauma. The brain plays a role in all bodily functions. As such, the permanent effects of a TBI can impact a person’s physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being.
Many TBIs stem from avoidable accidents caused by another person’s reckless or negligent behavior. When another person or party is responsible for a brain injury or spinal cord injury, attorney Sean M. Burke can help hold them accountable. He works with individuals in Irvine, CA, to pursue compensation for the economic and non-economic effects of a TBI.
The physical effects of a TBI depend on the extent of the injury and the area of the brain that was damaged. Some symptoms develop immediately after the injury, and others become obvious in the following days or weeks. Physical effects may diminish over time, but they are frequently long-lasting or permanent. Physical effects of a TBI that may affect a person permanently include:
- Persistent headaches
- Loss of coordination
- Weakness or numbness in the extremities
- Convulsions or seizures
- Changes in vision
TBIs frequently impact a person’s cognitive functions or the brain’s ability to process and execute thoughts and tasks. As with the physical effects of a TBI, the severity of cognitive symptoms vary based on injury details. Permanent cognitive effects of a TBI may include:
- Memory loss
- Inability to form new memories
- General confusion
- Diminished attention span
- Compromised problem-solving abilities
- Difficulty comprehending or expressing thoughts
- Speech impairment
The emotional effects of a TBI can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. TBI victims may experience mood swings, anger, combativeness, depression, or other personality changes. The emotional changes a person experiences after a TBI can compromise their relationship with others and make it difficult to enjoy the hobbies and activities that once brought joy.
A TBI can greatly affect a person’s physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities. These are vital losses that must be taken into consideration when filing a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of our Irvine clients. It is also imperative to acknowledge the economic effects of a TBI.
TBI injuries often require long-term or lifelong treatment. Costs associated with medical care may include:
- Diagnostic tests
- Surgery or other medical interventions
- Assistive medical equipment (walker, wheelchair, etc.)
- Ongoing physical, occupational, and speech therapy
- Psychological treatment or therapy
A TBI can impact all areas of a person’s life, including their ability to work. It is not uncommon for TBI victims to lose income while they undergo treatment and rehabilitation for their injuries. The permanent effects of a TBI may leave them unable to return to their previous line of work, which can diminish their wage-earning capacity or leave them without a source of income.
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, attorney Sean M. Burke can help you consider your legal right to financial compensation for all the areas of injury loss. To discuss the details of your case, send us a message online or call our Irvine law firm at (949) 644-3434.