For many with a traumatic brain injury, life changes forever. The accident is just a blip of time along your lifetime, but it forces you onto a completely new path. Your broken and bruised body heals as it should, but the brain can be a different story altogether.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by a blow or a jolt to the head. An object that penetrates the brain can also result in TBI. But what happens to the brain?
According to the Mayo Clinic, mild traumatic brain injury may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells. Consequences of severe traumatic brain injury are bruising, bleeding, torn tissues and other physical damage to the brain that can result in long-term complications. The CDC reports that there were 56,000 TBI-related deaths in 2013. The consequence of two similar injuries may be very different as no two brain injuries are alike. Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury symptoms include:
- Slurred speech
- Coma and other consciousness disorders
- Profound confusion
- Convulsions and seizures
- Loss of coordination
- Vomiting and nausea
A story of long-term recovery
David Grant writes a blog about surviving a brain injury and discusses his seven years of recovery. He writes that his first year of recovery was defined by loss. David lost many of his closest friends and his two older sons who didn't understand “new dad.” David’s web design business was lost for six years until he was able to work part-time again.
He writes that brain injury recovery is lifelong and has forced him to the realization that there will be no complete recovery. The long-awaited return to his former self will never arrive. His day-to-day life in recovery is unpredictable as there are tolerable days and “bad brain days.” On those bad days, David faces challenges like vertigo, slow cognitive processing and difficulty speaking.
Many challenges to come after a TBI
When a traumatic brain injury is the result of an accident, having an advocate on your side can help you navigate your way through the complexities of insurance companies and claims, police reports, medical treatments and bills. Personal injury attorneys can help their clients obtain financial compensation for lost income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, as well as other losses and damages.