Traumatic brain injury may or may not be permanent depending on the nature of the injury. A traumatic brain injury may cause a wide range of either short or long-term changes that may affect the ability to think, function, sense, emote, or communicate. What makes a traumatic brain injury permanent will largely depend on the original injury’s severity.
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If you suffered a mild traumatic brain injury, there may be no permanent damage. Some symptoms of a minor or mild traumatic brain injury include:
- A short loss of consciousness
- No loss of consciousness but a dazed or confused state
- Speech issues
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Changes in taste or smell
- Sensitivity to light
- Memory issues
- Mood changes
- Depression and anxiety
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than normal
- A loss of balance
In many cases, mild traumatic brain injuries resolve within a few days, weeks, or months. Rest, hydration, healthy food, and a hiatus on any difficult thinking such as video games or reading can help the brain regenerate enough to become healthy again.
Moderate to Severe Brain Injuries
The symptoms of moderate to severe brain injuries may include some of the same symptoms as mild brain injuries, however, may also include:
- Loss of consciousness for a longer period of time
- Persistent headache
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Differing dilation in the pupils
- Clear fluids coming from ears or the nose
- Inability to wake up
- Weak or numb toes or fingers
- Serious confusion
- Incoherent speech
Complications can occur after a moderate or severe brain injury, which can result in prolonged or permanent damage to a person’s responsiveness, awareness, or even consciousness. Comas, vegetative states, minimally conscious states, and brain death are all possible after a severe brain injury. Other physical complications could include hydrocephalus (fluid buildup in the brain), infections, blood vessel damage, seizures, headaches, or vertigo. These complications from brain injuries can be temporary or permanent.
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Traumatic Brain Injuries with Long-Term Effects
There are three types of brain injuries that may result in long-term side effects.
Closed Head Injuries
Closed head injuries are where no bleeding or open wounds are visible, but the brain either twists or collides against the skull in some way causing damage to nerve fibers or some sort of internal bleeding.
Open Wound Injuries
These brain injuries have open wounds associated with them that may expose the brain to external conditions. These brain injuries are obviously more graphic than closed head injuries but may be less severe if the damage exists in only one location.
Crushing Head Injuries
If the head is between to objects and is compressed, this is called a crushing head injury. This type of injury can result in not only brain damage but also damage to the skull and neck as well.
It is important to note that all these injuries may cause both permanent and non-permanent damage to someone who has suffered a brain injury. Ultimately, what will make a traumatic brain injury permanent will depend on the severity of the original injury and how soon medical treatment was provided to the person.
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If you were involved in an accident due to someone else’s negligence and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733 to help you determine if you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.