Can A Traumatic Brain Injury Worsen Over Time?

Traumatic brain injuries often lead to a range of short- and long-term consequences for victims. In many cases, a person is only temporarily disabled and able to make a complete recovery. Unfortunately, there are times when a traumatic brain injury worsens over time. Here, we want to discuss why a brain injury might worsen and what some of the long-term brain injury symptoms are. It is important for families of brain injury victims to understand what to expect in these situations, particularly if their loved one was harmed due to the careless or negligent actions of somebody else. Securing compensation to help with long-term care needs should be a top priority.

Brain injuries must be taken seriously immediately

One of the tragedies of brain injuries is that victims often appear to be completely fine after they sustain a blow or bump to the head. Traumatic brain injuries are one of those types of traumas that may not show signs and symptoms for hours or even days after the initial incident occurs. That is because the full effects of the initial blow to the head may not be apparent. A brain can swell over time, or bleeding can occur that crowds the brain inside of the skull in the hours after the initial incident.

That is why it is imperative for a person to seek immediate medical care as soon as they have sustained a blow to the head. If a person has been involved in an incident and any of the following symptoms are present, it is time to get to a doctor immediately:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Disorientation
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Unusual behavior

If a traumatic brain injury is treated rapidly, the injury victim is much less likely to suffer from long-term consequences. There is no guarantee that they will be completely symptom-free moving forward, but the risks of an untreated brain injury are far too great in these situations.

Long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury

There are some brain injuries that will worsen over time regardless of whether or not a person receives prompt medical care. There are also various types of brain injuries that only worsen if a person does not seek medical care in the first place.

Victims of moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries can expect there to be a range of long-term consequences in these scenarios. No two brain injuries are exactly alike, but the following are some of the most common long-term signs and symptoms in these situations:

  • Complete or partial paralysis
  • A loss of fine motor skills
  • A loss of coordination
  • Language and speech problems
  • Difficulty thinking or remembering
  • Other significant cognitive difficulties
  • Newfound behavioral problems
  • Bowel or bladder control issues
  • Uncontrolled bodily movements

The economic effects of a traumatic brain injury

As the physiological, psychological, and emotional effects of a traumatic brain injury worsen overtime, victims and family members can also expect the economic impact to deepen. What we mean by this is that traumatic brain injury victims with severe symptoms are likely going to need significant and ongoing medical care. This usually includes some sort of in-home care to ensure that the victim is properly cared for. It is unlikely that a person suffering from significant traumatic brain injury symptoms will be able to return to work, further worsening the economic problems.