Each year, many people in California and around the country suffer traumatic brain injuries in accidents. When TBIs are moderate or severe, the victims may face lifelong consequences. The impacts of a TBI will depend on the area of the brain that is injured and the extent and severity of the injury. Many people who suffer moderate to severe TBIs also suffer other types of injuries in the same accident, making it likelier that they might be permanently disabled. People may suffer both physical and cognitive symptoms from TBIs.
Possible physical effects of a moderate or severe TBI
Some people who suffer moderate to severe TBIs will be left with motor deficiencies or disabilities. They might suffer paralysis, have trouble walking or talking, have difficulty moving or lifting objects, suffer vision problems or have trouble with fine motor skills. In some cases, people who suffer from TBIs may become completely dependent on their caregivers and need help with the activities of daily living.
Cognitive and other symptoms of TBIs
People who suffer severe TBIs may also have cognitive symptoms and other problems. They might suffer from any of the following symptoms:
• Trouble thinking
• Difficulty concentrating
• Memory problems
• Inability to recognize objects by touch
• Trouble processing language
The many different symptoms that people can suffer from following a moderate or severe TBI may be ongoing problems. While some people recover, others will contend with symptoms for the rest of their lives. This can be difficult for the victims’ loved ones as they adjust to the changes that have happened.
Traumatic brain injuries can be catastrophic injuries and life-changing for victims and their families. People who have suffered from TBIs in accidents because of the negligence of others may want to consult with experienced personal injury lawyers. By filing personal injury claims, the victims might be able to recover compensation for their losses. Because of the severity of TBIs, the expenses that the victims and their families face can be extensive. An injury claim might help them afford the types of care that are needed.