March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. While most concussion symptoms can go away within a few days or weeks after the accident that caused the injury, severe head injuries known as traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, can leave lasting impacts. Traumatic brain injuries can come from falls, car accidents and other unexpected events.
What are some lasting impacts of brain injuries?
The lasting side effects from brain injuries or concussions can depend on what part of your head was impacted. Sometimes, your vision can be impaired, making it harder to see certain things. This can happen on a permanent or temporary basis. A lot of people who have suffered brain injuries report seeing double or having their vision be incredibly blurry.
Other times, brain injuries can impact your motor skills. You might have problems writing or walking where you didn’t before, or your balance could be off. Since your brain controls so much of your everyday functions, pinpointing exact causes can be hard.
Other smaller but still debilitating side effects from brain injuries can include trouble looking at screens or increased light sensitivity where there wasn’t before. Another common side effect is a problem with remembering things as well as reading comprehension. You also might experience severe headaches more frequently. Some people have to go on medication to manage them.
What if you’ve experienced a brain injury?
Brain injuries and concussions are called the silent disability. Even if everything looks fine, your quality of life can be permanently altered from a brain injury. If you’ve been in an accident and sustained brain injuries, talk to a lawyer about what your compensation options are.