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Minimizing The Long-Term Effects Of TBI

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The brain is an amazing organ. When it is injured, however, the victim's life can be dramatically and permanently altered. With the violent impact of a serious car accident in which a head hits a dashboard, a traumatic brain injury can result. In a typical motor vehicle collision, the trauma is threefold.

For example, the vehicle hits another object, the passenger's head hits the dashboard, and then the brain hits the front of the skull. The long-term effects of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, may be far more damaging than is apparent at first.

Post-Accident Indicators Of TBI

At the scene of an accident, a person may feel pain, there may be confusion, and there may even be a loss of consciousness.

In the long term, other less obvious symptoms may crop up, including the following:

  • Loss of memory
  • Mental confusion or “fogginess”
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Onset of seizures
  • Volatile mood swings

Medical Complications and Financial Consequences

A brain injury can affect a person’s speech and learning ability in the long-term. If the injury is serious enough, a person may end up incapacitated and have to have other people care for them for the rest of their lives. Brain injuries may also require surgery to address lingering issues, and can even eventually lead to death in some situations.

One of the long term effects of brain injury is not directly related to a person’s health. The medical complications resulting from an injury of this magnitude can have serious financial consequences for an individual. If a family is finding it difficult to get coverage for all of a brain injury victim's medical expenses, the bills can begin to pile up and bring additional stress to an already difficult situation.

    Get TBI Experts Involved

    Injuries inside the head are difficult to prove in court because sometimes the injury is not readily apparent to the casual observer. That’s why it is important to get medical experts involved to document symptoms, especially when there is litigation involved.

    Experts to involve at different points of the legal and rehabilitation process might include the following:

    • A psychiatrist
    • A neurologist
    • An occupational therapist
    • Cognitive therapist
    • Physical therapist

    Legal Proceedings

    When the effects of brain injury are overwhelming, an experienced attorney can step in and help a person manage their case. It may be a good idea for a person that has experienced a brain injury of any kind to contact an attorney right away in order to get help negotiating with insurance companies for reimbursement of medical expenses associated with the injury.

    The long-term effects of traumatic brain injury can be devastating. The sooner a traumatic brain injury case is settled, the sooner the patient can focus on rehabilitation. If the case cannot be settled out of court and must be litigated in the courtroom, an experienced lawyer will hire medical experts to testify in the case, helping to minimize the financial effects of the injury for the victim.

    For more information about the long-term effects of brain injury from the experienced attorneys at Shapiro Law Firm, call (850) 629-7226 now for a free consultation.

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