The highly-publicized lawsuits against the National Football League and the National Hockey League have brought the seriousness of brain injuries to light. Concussions are common in both sports leagues, and the long-term effects of repeated head injuries are just now beginning to emerge on a grander scale. The long-term effects of these injuries can be devastating compared to the short-term ones, meaning that head injuries must be taken extremely seriously from the moment they occur. What are some of these long-term effects? Let’s take a look at just a few of them now.
- Seizures: Even a mild brain traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to seizures if left unattended or untreated. Seizures can be life-threatening, and severe seizures can result in someone needing constant attention for the rest of their life.
- Depression: Studies have shown that brain injuries can lead to increased bouts with depression, and in some cases victims can also see increased levels of aggressive behavior, anger issues, and possibly emotional turmoil. When these issues impact a person’s life, they can lose their job, alienate friends leading to social isolation, and even lead to suicide in some cases as well.
- Progressive Dementia: Scientists and researchers have shown a strong positive link between brain injuries, such as concussions, and progressive dementia, with dementia symptoms being shown at a much earlier age for those with many head injuries.
- Parkinsonism: Parkinson ’s disease is a muscular disorder that is caused by the brain losing its ability to fully control muscle movement. Michael J. Fox is perhaps the most famous sufferer of this disease, which leads to uncontrollable shaking.
- Vertigo: Vertigo is a disorder in which an individual loses the ability to balance themselves and become easily disoriented.
- Memory Loss: memory loss can occur in varying degrees as a result of a head injury, including both short-term effects and longer-term permanent memory loss and loss of the ability to retain information completely.
The long-term effects of a brain injury may not become immediately apparent; sometimes these symptoms can take six months or more to materialize. The key to alleviating a number of these symptoms is to obtain high-quality, regular medical and rehabilitative care that can help you detect and treat these conditions early on. This can be an expensive endeavor, which means you should also pursue compensation with the assistance of a Palm Beach personal injury attorney.
Attorney Lauri J. Goldstein and her renowned team have served the residents of Palm Beach, Stuart, and Martin County for many years, developing a reputation as an aggressive and dedicate advocate for the injured and bereaved. We understand the difficulties you may be experiencing after your brain injury, and we work hard to demonstrate the impact it has on your life to the courts in order to obtain the maximum possible compensation on your behalf.For a free consultation, call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates today at 866.975.4427 and get the assistance you need with your brain injury.