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TBI as a cause of long-term disability

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2022 | Social Security Disability

Trauma to the brain is not always evident immediately following an accident or injury. Traumatic brain injuries have a lasting effect on more than just the physical body. These injuries can also impact the emotional health of an individual.

Not understanding how severe a TBI is could lead to individuals failing to receive the proper treatment for their symptoms. These individuals could face long-term disabilities from their injuries as well as make the condition worse.

Causes of a TBI

A blow to the head is the most common cause of a traumatic brain injury. In children, this could take place during rough-housing or taking part in sports. In adults, it is more common for a TBI to occur from involvement in a car accident. Any injury that causes trauma to the brain can lead to a TBI. Some individuals experience injuries that are not serious and resolve rather quickly. Others face permanent damage with continual therapy to restore normal functioning. The impact of a TBI is not always evident immediately, often leading to the term invisible disability.

Symptoms of a TBI

Immediate symptoms include loss of consciousness, seizures, dilated pupils, vomiting or fluid draining from the ears or nose. Long-term symptoms include:

  • Memory loss
  • Vision changes
  • Paralysis
  • Headaches
  • Balance problems
  • Fatigue

Since the symptoms may not appear for a while after the injury, many people attribute certain issues to something other than a TBI.

There are many other symptoms that can arise after a TBI. Talk to a doctor about your concerns and prevent further injury to yourself.