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How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury?

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A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a devastating effect on a person's life. Not only can it cause physical impairments, but it can also lead to cognitive and emotional problems. TBIs can be caused by a number of different things, from falls to car accidents. But how long does it take to recover from one?

Types of TBIs

Traumatic brain injuries can be classified as either mild or severe. A mild TBI may cause a brief loss of consciousness, while a severe TBI can result in an extended period of unconsciousness or even coma. Recovery times for mild and severe TBIs differ significantly; while most people with mild TBIs will fully recover within three months, those with severe TBIs may never fully recover.

Recovery From a Mild TBI

Most people with mild TBIs (also called concussions) will experience symptoms such as

  • Headaches,
  • Dizziness,
  • Nausea,
  • Fatigue, and
  • Problems with sleep.

These symptoms usually go away within three months after the injury occurs. If symptoms persist after three months, the person may have developed post-concussion syndrome.

Post-concussion syndrome is a condition characterized by headaches and dizziness that last for weeks or even months after the initial injury. While there is no known cure for post-concussion syndrome, symptoms can be managed with medication and rest. In most cases, post-concussion syndrome will resolve on its own within six to 12 months.

Recovery From Moderate to Severe TBIs

Moderate to severe TBIs are often much more serious than mild ones and sometimes result in long-term effects, including comas, vegetative states, or death. These types of brain injuries usually begin with an extended period of unconsciousness compared to mild TBIs. People who do survive a severe TBI may be left with physical disabilities such as:

  • Paralysis,
  • Blindness,
  • Cognitive impairments,
  • Problems with memory and
  • Issues with executive functioning.

The road to recovery for these individuals is often long and challenging; some may never fully recover from their injuries.

Psychological Effects of Moderate to Severe TBIs

Moderate to severe brain injuries can profoundly impact a person's mental health. In addition to physical symptoms, such as headaches and dizziness, brain injuries can also cause a range of psychological effects, including:

  • Anxiety,
  • Depression, and
  • Mood swings.

In some cases, brain injuries can even lead to changes in personality and behavior. These effects can be extremely distressing for the injured person and their loved ones. However, it is important to remember that everyone responds differently to brain injuries, and not all patients will experience all of these effects.

If you have suffered a blow to the head, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. The sooner you are diagnosed and treated for a TBI, the better your chances are of making a full recovery. However, even with prompt treatment, some people may never fully recover from their injuries. If you have suffered a TBI, it is important to be patient and give yourself time to heal both physically and emotionally.

Seeking an Experienced Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

A personal injury attorney can help you recover damages following a traumatic brain injury. An experienced attorney will know how to navigate the complex legal process and help you get the compensation you deserve. They will also be able to work with medical experts to determine the full extent of your injuries and build a strong case for damages. If you have been involved in an accident that has left you with a brain injury, don't hesitate to contact Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn to discuss your case.

Contact Rouda Feder Tietjen & McGuinn today at (415) 940-7176 to schedule a free consultation.