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How severe brain injuries impact survivors and their families

Severe brain injuries can be the result of many different accidents, from near-fatal drownings or car accidents to an unexpectedly violent slip-and-fall incident. Severe brain injuries can result in long-term hospitalization and may leave their victims in comas for some time.

Even after an individual regains consciousness, a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) will likely have ongoing consequences for them and the people they love. What are some of the long-term symptoms associated with severe TBI?

Symptoms range depending on where and how the brain got hurt

Different parts of your brain are responsible for different functions. The location and extent of the injury a person’s brain suffers will directly impact the symptoms someone exhibits. Each symptom will have its own complications for someone’s ability to work and quality of life.

Some of the more common symptoms people have after a severe TBI include difficulty with thinking or cognition, motor control issues, problems with memory, issues with balance or coordination, difficulty learning new information, sensory issues like changes in hearing or vision, changes in speech patterns and different moods or emotions when compared to before their TBI.

All of these issues can mean that an individual no longer has the ability to continue working the same job they once did. It can also mean that they require the support of family and loved ones.

TBIs often impact the family of the injured person as well

Someone with a brain injury may no longer be able to keep working and earning the same wages they once commanded. In some cases, the situation can be so severe that it requires a member of the family to permanently stay home to provide care for the person with the brain injury. In other words, the household loses out on not one but two sources of family income.

Additionally, the medical care itself is often expensive and can range from specialized equipment to regular rehabilitative services. Those who suffer severe brain injuries or their family members who must care for them can potentially take legal action against those who caused the injury by filing a personal injury lawsuit related to a car crash, slip-and-fall or other tragic incidents.


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