Complications of Head Injuries
Accidents that lead to injuries are extremely upsetting. When the injury is a head injury, things become more complicated and difficult still. An injury to your head may affect your brain, and the effects of such injuries are not only highly unpredictable but can also have overarching repercussions. Head injuries are often complicated by the fact that they aren’t always immediately apparent and, thus, often go untreated. All told, head injuries are dangerous injuries that you should always take seriously.
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
Common head injuries include concussions, which are a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Such injuries commonly occur when the head is violently shaken back and forth on the neck or by a blow to the head. Head injuries are often the result of car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and many other kinds of accidents. A TBI can have serious and long-lasting consequences that resonate throughout the victim’s life. Further, the effects of a TBI can be slow to surface and can, therefore, go undiagnosed and untreated until the injury develops into something far more serious and more difficult to treat.
TBIs: The Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports on the significance of the complications associated with TBIs in the United States:
- Almost 30 percent of all fatalities related to injuries involve a traumatic brain injury.
- Nearly 52,000 of the estimated 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries each year result in death—another 275,000 victims end up hospitalized.
The damages associated with brain injuries are extremely unpredictable. Your brain is your body’s command center, and it operates within a highly complex and delicately calibrated system. Any alterations to the brain’s functioning can lead to changes and effects that are very difficult for victims to come to terms with. In fact, many sufferers of TBIs liken the effects to an altered sense of self, which is obviously a substantial consequence. TBIs often lead to significant physical, financial, and emotional damages that are difficult to calculate adequately.
The Emotional Component
Your brain is elemental to whom you are, and any kind of brain injury can lead to severe emotional disturbances. Victims of head injuries often suffer from extreme emotional consequences that can include depression, debilitating anxiety, and social withdrawal and isolation. To make matters worse, these psychological and emotional disturbances also tend to push the victim’s very support system (friends and loved ones) further away—when they are needed the very most.
If You Suffered a Head Injury that Someone Else’s Negligence Caused, Consult a New London Personal Injury Attorney Today
The complications associated with head injuries are often extremely serious, and you should always take them seriously. At Polito & Harrington, LLC, in New London, Connecticut, our dedicated legal team has the experience, knowledge, and compassion to aggressively advocate for the compensation to which you are entitled. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us at (860) 447-3300 for a free consultation and case evaluation today.