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What are the possible long-term effects of a brain injury?

If you have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, the future may seem uncertain. The fragility of the brain and its importance within the body mean that even a seemingly minor injury can have devastating consequences. You could find yourself unable to return to work or even to perform simple tasks. Furthermore you may face a long recovery process and hefty medical bills.

As is explained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the changes caused by a TBI can be short-term effects, or long-lasting conditions. Your injury could affect your ability to think and remember things, or change your sense of touch, taste or smell. It can change the way you feel and express emotions, often resulting in anxiety, depression or complete personality changes.

Depending on the part of your brain that is injured, your motor skills may suffer, as might your ability to speak or communicate. While approximately 75 percent of brain injuries each year fall into the category of mild TBIs, even these can have lasting effects. Repeated injuries of this nature can even have fatal consequences.

It is impossible to know exactly how you will be affected by your injury. Every case is different. However, you are not alone, and with the support of your health care professional, you can work toward regaining the life you once had. Of course, in the meantime you may be worried about your financial stability and the cost of your care.

This is where an attorney could prove useful, particularly if your brain injury was the result of someone else's negligence. Your attorney can advise you on the options available to you and might be able to assist you in pursuing compensation for your injuries.

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