The human body has an incredible ability to heal itself. But some injuries never heal fully, including many traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The effects of a TBI can linger for years after the injury occurred and could last the rest of your life.
The types and severity of symptoms you experience after a TBI depends on the force of impact and which parts of your brain are affected. Common symptoms of moderate and severe brain trauma include:
- Chronic headaches that are resistant to treatment
- Nausea and vomiting
- Reduced coordination
- Limb numbness or tingling
- Slurred speech
- Confusion or agitation
Living with one or a combination of these symptoms greatly reduces your quality of life. You may struggle to work to support yourself and your family. Your relationships with your spouse and children can change. You may have to give up the activities and hobbies you enjoyed before your brain injury.
The personal side of brain trauma
Brain trauma is a national health problem, with a new TBI happening every 23 seconds in the United States. Each case is personal to the victim and their loved ones.
A woman who shared her story in a news report says she was injured in a car accident with a distracted driver. Her brain injury caused seizures, memory loss and depression that almost led to suicide. Thankfully, today the woman is working as a fitness instructor and personal trainer, though she still experiences symptoms.
Living with a long-term disability like a TBI can be very expensive. You might have thousands of dollars in medical bills; meanwhile, you might have had to quit your job because working is not possible right now.
Find out what your legal options are
A lawsuit against the person or business that harmed you may be necessary to get fair compensation from their insurance company. You may wish to discuss this with a personal injury lawyer to get more specific information.