In some cases, injuries like concussions or other brain injuries may be mild in nature, with drastic improvement occurring within six months of the injury. However, more serious brain injuries or repeated mild brain trauma could cause some severe long-term effects.
It’s important to understand that research about the effects of brain injuries is still in a relatively new phase. We are only now just beginning to understand the full extent of what these injuries can do to a person’s long-term health. Therefore, it can be difficult to determine exactly what kinds of long-term effects a person will suffer after having a brain injury, especially when dealing with repeated mild trauma. Brain scans don’t always reveal exactly how serious the injury is initially, and the type of injury and problems like swelling around the brain vary from person to person.
What is known is that the more severe the injury and the more instances of mild injuries, the less likely it is that a person will ever fully recover. Experts are often able to make educated guesses about the long-term impacts of brain injuries based on the length of a coma after the initial injury and the duration of memory loss suffered by the victim.
People who suffer from moderate to severe TBI do show decreases in the extent of their disability after two years. According to research, about 33 percent of all people with moderate to severe TBI are employed two years after the injury, and 93 percent are living in a private residence. However, 34 percent still require some level of supervision throughout the day or night.
If a loved one who has suffered some form of brain trauma due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, speak with a skilled Bradenton brain injury attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.