Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can lead to lasting and profound changes, significantly impacting daily life for victims and their families. Considering that these changes can be life-long, it makes sense to treat and evaluate the repercussions of TBI as you would any chronic disease.
Even if a TBI victim is promptly hospitalized and begins a specialized therapy and rehabilitation program afterward, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that half of them will further deteriorate in condition, or even die, within the first five years after their injury. This emphasizes the importance of continued support for individuals who suffer from TBI.
Chronic TBI care entails continuous medical assessments to monitor physical well-being and manage secondary complications such as seizures or chronic pain.
Why is regular medical monitoring necessary for Atlanta TBI victims?
The brain is sensitive to disruptions in blood flow and relies on sensitive mechanisms to maintain a stable cerebral blood flow. This delicate blood flow regulation can be disrupted by even an apparently “minor” TBI and manifest itself in a few different ways:
- Cerebral ischemia: Cerebral ischemia, a critical medical emergency due to insufficient brain blood supply, is associated with stroke. Symptoms include sudden weakness, speech problems, vision changes, dizziness, severe headaches, confusion, and numbness. Swift medical attention is vital to mitigate its potentially fatal effects, especially for TBI patients, who require regular monitoring and care, after their injury, to reduce the risk of this and other fatal conditions.
- Destructive free radicals: In the body’s effort to heal, inflammation can inadvertently bring along destructive free radicals, like superoxide anion, nitric oxide, and peroxynitrite. These harmful molecules are produced as part of the biochemical reactions triggered by a primary brain injury, and they significantly contribute to the development of secondary brain injuries, causing potentially devastating effects.
Understanding these dangers emphasize the necessity for regular medical attention after suffering a TBI. Even when symptoms are minor, TBI should be monitored for the indefinite future after the injury.
What chronic effects are generally related to TBI?
Cognitive effects: The CDC notes that the cognitive impacts of TBI include memory, attention, concentration, and problem-solving, often accompanied by reduced processing speed and communication issues.
Emotional effects: The life-long effects of TBI can profoundly affect emotional well-being. The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) notes TBI individuals may encounter mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, and heightened aggression.
Physical effects: Physical effects of TBI can result in chronic pain, seizures, balance issues, and motor control problems – all of which can severely affect mobility and independence. Managing these effects necessitates appropriate medical interventions and support to ensure optimal recovery and cope with TBI-related challenges in daily life.
Each of these different chronic issues can cause injured individuals to be unable to perform job duties or carry out what were once necessary daily tasks. Quality, Atlanta-based occupational, physical and emotional therapy may all be necessary to best live with TBI. Compensation becomes important to account for these factors.
What are the financial burdens related to the chronic effects of TBI?
The financial challenges tied to the chronic consequences of TBI are substantial and demand attention. Chronic disease management, while essential for TBI survivors, can become a source of overwhelming financial strain for both individuals and their families. The costs associated with medical treatments, rehabilitation, assistive technology, and ongoing therapy can accumulate rapidly and persist throughout a lifetime. Additionally, TBI survivors may face employment difficulties and career limitations due to cognitive and physical impairments stemming from their injury, compounding the financial impact.
This combination of extensive medical expenses and potential loss of income can severely disrupt financial stability. For those who have experienced TBI due to the actions of another party, exploring legal recourse is crucial. It’s essential to act swiftly since the statute of limitations for TBI lawsuits in Georgia is two years generally.
Can I pursue legal action for my TBI?
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI, any liable party should be held accountable, providing support for the chronic health conditions associated with this life changing injury. In Georgia, TBI cases generally have a two-year statute of limitations. Don’t delay when seeking medical attention after your injury or in seeking legal support.
Harris Lowry Manton LLP is here to provide our experience and support during these challenging situations, ensuring that your rights and potential compensation are best safeguarded following your Atlanta injury.
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