Often caused by a severe blow to the head, such as in the case of a motor vehicle accident, fall or during a violent act, a traumatic brain injury can cause physical and psychological damage to a person’s capacities. But a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can also be a result of negligent healthcare.
Whether through a misdiagnosis after an accident, improper oxygen supply or infection, suffering a TBI at the hands of your healthcare provider may make you eligible to recover damages. Even so, you may need to consider the possible long-term effects a TBI could have on you and your family.
How a brain injury could affect your life
A TBI can have widespread effects on the body. Upon experiencing a TBI, you may suffer from:
- Memory loss
- Speech problems
- Trouble concentrating
- Decreased decision-making ability
More serious implications include the possibility of a coma or brain death. While those instances may be rare, it’s often difficult to determine the full range of care a TBI will require. There’s no way to guarantee recovery; medical attention, including physical or occupational therapy, may last a lifetime.
Possible long-term effects
Research suggests that those who’ve suffered a TBI are at an increased risk of developing dementia. While the connection between minor TBIs, such as concussions, can increase the risk of developing dementia, the overall risk may increase based on the number of brain injuries you’ve suffered.
If you of your loved one experienced a head injury and physical problems are arising, a more severe medical issue could be to blame. If, upon seeing a physician, you experience complications, medical negligence could be involved. If that is the case, you may have options for recourse.