Long Term Effects of Brain Injuries After an Accident
Brain injuries, also known as traumatic brain injuries or TBI, can result in a long list of physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral effects immediately after an accident. However, research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have indicated that brain injuries can also result in long-term effects and repercussions. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in an accident it is critical that you have an attorney represent you that understands the implications of long-term effects on your life and livelihood. At Mitch Grissim & Associates in Nashville, our team of knowledgeable personal injury attorneys is prepared to zealously advocate for you after an accident. Call or contact us today to schedule a free evaluation of your case.
Five Year Outcomes of TBI
The CDC researched the long-term outcomes of patients who suffered traumatic brain injuries in accidents. They found that five years after the injury and inpatient rehabilitative services, around fifty percent of accident victims will continue to experience further decline in their daily lives or die within five years of their injury. Of those researched by the organization, five years after their injury 57 percent reported being moderately or severely disabled, 55 percent reported unemployment but were employed at the time of their accident, and fifty percent have had to return to the hospital within five years after the accident at least once.
In addition, five years after a brain injury 33 percent of accident victims require help with everyday activities, 29 percent are not satisfied with their lives, and 29 percent report using illegal drugs or abusing alcohol. Sadly, twelve percent of brain injury victims reside in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities within five years of their accident, as well.
Long-Term Effects of Brain Injury
The long-term effects of brain injuries after the five-year mark are also significant. The CDC found that a person who suffered TBI, even with inpatient rehabilitative care, has a life expectancy nine years shorter than they would without the injury. Victims of brain injuries are fifty times more likely to die from a seizure, eleven times more likely to suffer from an accidental drug poisoning, nine times more likely to die from an infection, and six times more likely to suffer from pneumonia. Physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral issues can also persist long-term for accident victims that suffered a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury.
Some of the long-term effects of brain injuries are often costly or require additional help with care. An experienced Tennessee personal injury attorney knows to calculate the long-term consequences of a traumatic brain injury into the overall award for compensation when dealing with the insurance companies after an accident.
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Have you or someone you know suffered a brain injury in an accident around the Nashville area? If so, call the office or contact us today at Mitch Grissim & Associates to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Nashville personal injury attorneys to discuss your case.