Whether you suffered a devastating brain injury during a motor vehicle collision or as a result of falling down, you need to understand how this injury could impact you in the years to come. Brain injuries often generate immediate challenges, such as medical costs and missing work. However, you need to review the different ways in which this injury could affect your life down the road.
Moreover, if you found yourself in this position because of another party’s negligence, such as a drunk driver or a careless business owner, you need to explore your legal options right away.
Statistics on the long-term impact of traumatic brain injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that those who suffer moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries are more likely to die from various causes (such as seizures, infection and drug poisoning) and their life expectancy drops by nine years. Based on US data among those 16 and over who became diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury after receiving inpatient rehabilitation, roughly half faced a worsened condition or died within five years of the injury.
Other hardships following a serious brain injury
Statistics show that after suffering a serious traumatic brain injury, many victims struggle with disability and unemployment years after the injury. Some victims have to stay in a nursing home and many struggle due to drug or alcohol abuse, poor health and a lower quality of life.
If you suffered a serious brain injury due to another’s negligence, you should take steps to protect your future and seek the justice you deserve.