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The physical complications of a traumatic brain injury

From a skull fracture to bleeding on the brain, a traumatic brain injury can take many forms. Even if you receive immediate treatment, it's likely that you'll suffer from some physical complications of your injury.

Understanding these complications, including the best way to treat them, positions you to prevent additional damage and to hopefully regain your former level of health.

Some of the most common physical complications associated with a traumatic brain injury include:

  • Seizures: A traumatic brain injury has the potential to cause seizures, even if you never experienced these events in the past. Sometimes the seizures occur in the early stages of your injury. Other times they're recurring for months or years to come.
  • Infection: This is most common in the event of a penetrating injury or skull fracture, as the protective tissue that surrounds the brain is at risk of tearing. If this happens, bacteria can enter the brain, resulting in an infection.
  • Swelling in the brain: If too much fluid builds up in the brain following a traumatic brain injury, it can result in swelling and increased pressure.
  • Headaches: It's common to suffer severe headaches following a traumatic brain injury. Depending on the injury type, these may persist well into the future.
  • Vertigo: Dizziness that doesn't go away is categorized as vertigo. Any injury to your brain, even a minor one, has the potential to cause serious bouts of vertigo.

Along with the above, a more serious traumatic brain injury has the potential to cause issues such as: ringing in the ears, loss of sensation in the face, facial paralysis, loss of vision, loss of smell and the inability to swallow properly.

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for a traumatic brain injury. Instead, the treatment you receive is based on the type and severity of your injury, as judged by your medical team.

If another person's negligence caused your traumatic brain injury, such as a trucker who caused an accident on the highway, look into the ways you can hold them responsible. By filing an insurance claim and making a personal injury claim, you position yourself to potentially receive compensation for your injuries and other damages associated with the accident.

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