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Complications from brain injuries can be serious

Many people think of the immediate symptoms that will occur if you suffer from a traumatic brain injury. There are other effects that can occur. These complications can impact the remainder of your life in one way or another. If you suffered from a TBI or have a loved one who suffered from one, you should understand the complications that can occur.

Post-traumatic epilepsy is a complication that can cause seizures after a TBI. Typically, these seizures begin within the first week after the accident.

Intellectual changes can also occur after a TBI. This can manifest in a variety of ways. You might have difficulties with problem solving, memory, organization, decision making, reasoning, learning, multitasking, and judgment.

Communication troubles can also happen. You might have trouble focusing on and following conversations. You may have trouble speaking, writing, or reading. You might also find that it is hard to keep your thoughts in order and articulating those thoughts.

You might have an increased risk of degenerative brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, because of a TBI. There isn't a certain way to determine if one of these conditions is going to affect you.

A traumatic brain injury can also lead to a change in a person's level of consciousness. Brain death and a coma are possible. Locked-in syndrome, a minimally conscious state, and a vegetative state are also possible. These conditions can be short-term, long-term, or permanent.

If you or a loved one have suffered from a brain injury in Oklahoma, seeking compensation might be something to consider. This won't take away these complications, but it can help you to be able to afford the care necessary to deal with them.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Traumatic brain injury," accessed Oct. 21, 2016

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