Brain Injuries One Year Later

Posted By Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC || 9-Mar-2010

The following is a guest blog courtesy of Dolan Law Offices in Chicago

The effects of traumatic brain injuries often continue long after an accident occurs. The Brain Injury Association of America cites a study that indicates that 40% of patients who were hospitalized for traumatic brain injuries at the time of their accident continue to have unmet needs one year after their accident. Those unmet needs vary from patient to patient and often fall into one of the following three categories:

  • Physical Needs: common physical needs include problems with everyday life skills and functioning as well as an elevated risk for epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Problems with memory and problems solving are also common.
  • Financial Needs: the physical impact of a traumatic brain injury can cause brain injury victims to lose time from work and negatively impact their income. Additionally, medical and rehabilitation bills may not be fully covered by insurance and can quickly become a financial burden.
  • Emotional Needs: many brain injury victims have trouble controlling their aggression and their temper. They may be unable to handle stresses and emotional upsets. They may be unable to maintain the same friendships and familial relationships that they did prior to their injuries.

If you, or a loved one, have suffered a traumatic brain injury then it is important to think about your current and long term needs. An experienced brain injury lawyer can help you recover damages to meet all of your current and anticipated needs. Please contact a brain injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to protect your right to recovery and to get the compensation that you deserve.