About Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can occur in any number of ways. A blow to the head or sudden impact could cause brain damage, as could deprivation of oxygen, severe infections, and penetration injuries. Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include falls, acts of violence, car accidents, sports injuries, and medical malpractice. Brain injuries can sometimes be quite minor and might cause no lasting damage whatsoever. However, in other cases, traumatic brain injuries can be life altering and may lead to serious physical, mental, and emotional problems. When someone suffers a severe brain injury, they will likely face long-term damage.
Potential Long-Term Consequences
Someone with a traumatic brain injury is more likely to experience long-term or permanent consequences. In some cases, the consequences may be immediate and could improve or plateau over time. However, each brain injury is different, and some may trigger more severe symptoms as time goes on.
Some types of long-term damage may include:
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Impaired language skills
- Impaired motor skills
- Behavioral issues
- Increased risks of stroke or seizure
In some cases, individuals who suffer severe brain injuries might develop degenerative diseases as a result. Some people with head injuries also face a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other diseases.
Damage As a Domino Affect
Many severe head injuries also lead to other complications, which can have detrimental effects on their own. For example, a major head injury could cause a seizure, which might cause further damage to the injured person’s mental and physical health. Or, if the injured person suffers from severe memory loss, his condition could impact his quality of life, harming his relationships and preventing him from returning to his job or his day-to-day activities.
Individuals with severe brain damage might require constant care, putting an emotional and financial strain on their families. In some cases, spouses, parents, or adult children may need to quit their jobs in order to provide around-the-clock care, or they may need to hire a caregiver or put their loved ones into an assisted living facility.
The lasting damage caused by a brain injury varies in a case-by-case basis. Each injury is different, which is why it’s important to discuss your options with your doctor and discuss the impact with your attorney.
If your injury was caused by another person’s error or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and damage you’ve suffered.
Contact Goodman Acker P.C. today to get started on your Detroit personal injury case.