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Effects of a Head Injury

The Effects of a Head Injury

The effects of a head injury largely depend on the severity of the accident, and the location within the brain. All head injuries have the potential to be serious. Something as common as a concussion can have serious or long-term effects. This short overview will show how wide-ranging the effects of a brain injury can be, whether a common concussion, or severe brain trauma. If you, or a loved one, have suffered a brain injury you should contact a lawyer who is experienced in handling brain injury-related legal claims to discuss your options.

Concussion

A concussion is a common result of a blow to the head or a sudden deceleration. It results from the jarring of the brain inside the skull. Concussion is graded according to its severity depending on the loss of consciousness, amnesia and loss of equilibrium. A concussion may result in a period of altered consciousness during which a person is dazed or disoriented.

The common early symptoms of a concussion include:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo, or loss of equilibrium
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache

While many consider a concussion a minor annoyance, any head injury has the potential for serious long-term effects. The long-term effects of a head injury such as a concussion can greatly impact a person’s life.

Common long-term effects of a head injury involving concussion are:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lightheadedness
  • Poor memory
  • Depression
  • Ringing in ears
  • Poor concentration
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Intolerance to loud noise
  • Mood swings and altered personality
  • Difficulty choosing words

Comas

A severe head injury may cause a coma. Coma is defined as the state of unconsciousness from which a patient cannot be awakened or aroused, even by powerful stimulation. A coma sufferer will lack any response to their environment. Comas may last only a few days or many years.

Amnesia

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Amnesia is generally defined as the loss of memory or as a period of forgetfulness. There are several types of amnesia that may occur following a head injury. Anterograde amnesia is defined as the inability to remember events beginning with the onset of the injury. In contrast, retrograde amnesia is defined as the loss of memory regarding events preceding the injury.

Effects of Severe Brain Damage

When a head injury is very severe it can dramatically affect a person’s ability to return to a normal life. Depending on the location and severity of the injury there may be physical and / or behavioral effects. A severe head injury may affect a person’s ability to work, learn, and live with their family.

The following are possible physical effects of brain injury:

  • Difficulty with mobility and coordination
  • Difficulty talking and communicating
  • Severe headaches
  • Difficulty with sensation

The following are possible behavioral effects of brain injury:

  • Personality changes
  • Depression
  • Short attention span
  • Learning difficulties
  • Memory difficulties

Conclusion

Head injuries have the potential to be very serious life altering events. Often, serious effects do not show up until years after an injury. If you, or a loved one, have suffered a brain injury you should contact a lawyer who has experience representing clients in brain injury-related legal claims to discuss your options.

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