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Long-Term Effects of Brain Injuries


Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often catastrophic and life-altering, resulting in long-term consequences. Although the effects are quite difficult to predict, there is a high likelihood of some type of long term effects from TBI. These symptoms can take months, or even years to surface.

Common symptoms of traumatic brain injury include:

  • Headaches or neck pain
  • Memory loss or difficulties
  • Concentration issues
  • Slowness in thinking, speaking, reading, or acting
  • Mood swings
  • Feeling tired constantly
  • Light-headedness, dizziness, or nausea
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Getting lost or confused easily
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Seizures
  • Progressive dementia or Parkinson’s disease

Over time, TBI can lead to progressive brain deterioration which can be observed through increased inflammation of the brain and the decreased regeneration of cells. This type of activity in the brain as a result of TBI can cause victims to suffer more severe long-term neurological deficits and increase their vulnerability to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and post-traumatic dementia.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI’s long term effects also include the permanency of many symptoms listed above. Long-term changes to memory, coherency and reasoning, communication and understanding, all of the sense, and emotional stability.

Not only do severe brain injuries affect the future chances of age-related brain diseases, but it forces victims to potentially a lifetime of frustration, lapses in memory, inability to think clearly, and mood swings. It can be a permanent reality that they must learn to come with.

If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury due to the negligent actions of another party in Ohio, request a free consultation with our Columbus personal injury lawyers at Rourke & Blumenthal today.

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