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What to Expect from a Traumatic Brain Injury

If you or a loved one have just been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) you probably have a lot of questions. The brain is a complicated organ that controls almost everything that happens in your body. There is no way to predict exactly what the outcome of your injury will be, but you can prepare yourself by understanding the injury and its effects.

What is TBI?

The brain is surrounded by the skull, membranes, and cerebrospinal fluid, which function as shock absorbers to protect it from injury. When the brain hits the inside of the skull, a traumatic brain injury occurs.

Symptoms of TBI

The effect of TBI can vary from a mild concussion to a prolonged coma, depending on the force of the impact and the part of the brain affected. The symptoms may include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Drowsiness, fatigue or insomnia
  • Sleep disorders
  • Seizures
  • Loss or change in appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Incontinence
  • Memory loss
  • Cognitive problems
  • Balance problems
  • Fine motor skill impairment
  • Lack of muscle coordination
  • Paralysis
  • Slurred speech
  • Visual problems
  • Hearing problems
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Mood or behavioral changes
  • Emotional disorders
Practical Effects of TBI

TBI can have lasting or even permanent effects on the way a person lives. The most severe injuries require ongoing hospitalization or living assistance. Loss of movement or mobility can require significant changes in lifestyle.

But even when a person’s ability to care for him or herself is not affected, TBI can cause significant problems. Changes to mood and behavior can strain relationships. Cognitive problems can threaten a person’s ability to work or manage finances. These more subtle effects can be devastating for people trying to get back to normal after a traumatic accident.

Financial Effects of TBI

The medical, therapeutic, and practical expenses of TBI can be overwhelming. Victims of TBI may need to modify their homes or vehicles to accommodate their new disabilities, and pay for extensive rehabilitative therapy. On top of all of this, a TBI patient will often lose his or her job due to the length of rehabilitation or the lasting effects of the injury. He or she may need occupational therapy or training to prepare to reenter the workforce.

Michigan No-Fault System and TBI Treatment

When facing the mountain of TBI-related expenses, you should know that there is help available. Michigan’s No-Fault laws provide for lifetime care and treatment, if your injury was caused by an automobile or trucking accident. This system has allowed Michigan to develop some of the nations very best TBI treatment facilities and physicians.

To be sure you are provided for, you need an attorney who understands the lasting impact of TBI and is prepared to get you all the help you need.

Christensen Law attorneys have been focused on helping the victims of brain injury for over twenty years. If you or a loved one has suffered from TBI, contact Christensen Law today for a consultation.