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What are the long-term effects of a TBI?

On Behalf of | Jul 2, 2024 | Injuries |

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a common type of injury resulting from trauma to the head. The long-term effects of TBIs can vary widely depending on the severity of the injury. 

Common long-term effects include the following.

Mobility issues

One possible long-term effect of a traumatic brain injury is loss of balance, and as a result, mobility issues may arise. This can manifest as difficulty walking or maintaining coordination, which significantly impacts daily activities and independence. Individuals with TBIs may require assistive devices such as walkers or wheelchairs to aid mobility.

Chronic headaches

Chronic headaches are another common long-term effect of traumatic brain injuries. These can vary in severity and frequency, often persisting for months or even years after the initial injury. They may be accompanied by sensitivity to light and noise, nausea and difficulty concentrating, further affecting the individual’s quality of life.

Speech impairments

A previously well-spoken individual may experience difficulties with articulation, finding words, or forming coherent sentences. This can be frustrating and impact social interactions, work performance, and overall communication abilities. Speech therapy is often recommended to help individuals regain or enhance their speech.

Dizziness and seizures

Victims of TBIs can also suffer from dizziness and seizures as long-term effects. Dizziness can range from occasional bouts of lightheadedness to persistent feelings of imbalance, which can tamper with daily activities and heighten the risk of falls. Seizures, characterized by sudden, uncontrollable electrical activity in the brain, can develop shortly after the injury or months to years later. Seizures may vary in severity and frequency, requiring medication to manage and reduce their impact on daily life.

Victims of TBIs as a result of negligence by other parties may prefer personal injury lawsuits to pursue compensation for their damages and ongoing medical expenses.


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