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Potential lifetime effects of traumatic brain injuries

On Behalf of | Nov 19, 2019 | Uncategorized

Being in a car accident in Pennsylvania can leave you physically hurt in ways that you cannot always see. Sometimes, these injuries have far-reaching effects long after the accident is over. 

Traumatic brain injuries can cause physical, emotional and mental problems that can last a lifetime. 

Current treatments 

The Journal of Neurotrauma published a study about the long-term consequences of a TBI. “Traumatic brain injury produces both acute and more chronic consequences that lead to permanent disabilities that increase long-term mortality and reduced life expectations.” These effects can happen from a single TBI, such as that produced by an automobile accident. The study stated that many of the treatments currently used to treat acute TBIs do not have much success with the long-term consequences. Many of these effects can decrease the life expectancy of the victim and result in age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and CTE. 

Physical disabilities 

Brainline states that patients can experience physical disabilities, including paralysis and difficulty controlling movements. People can find small tasks such as putting on clothes or carrying small objects time-consuming and difficult. Memory and clear thinking may prove difficult while social activities may no longer be a possibility. Some patients do well in rehab programs, while others may continue to have issues with daily life skills. 

Life impact 

In addition to a lowered life expectancy, victims of a TBI due to an auto accident can find it difficult to work. Their overall quality of life may be negatively impacted due to physical and mental disabilities that make it difficult to move around and be around others. Once joyful enterprises may no longer be possible. 

With the financial repercussions of a TBI reaching far into the future, it is a good idea to see if you have a personal injury case. Hiring a personal injury attorney can help you get the financial help to make the most of your situation.