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Long-Term Effects of a TBI Part 3: Social & Other Outcomes

In the final part of the series about moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), we’re shedding light on how this catastrophic injury can have a significant effect on your overall quality of life. From physical to cognitive and emotional symptoms, these complications can make it difficult to live the life you are used to. 

Difficulties Gaining Employment 

In comparison to patients with mild TBI, individuals with severe TBI experience issues attempting to return to the workplace after a long and arduous recovery process. According to several studies, most working-age moderate to severe TBI patients experience unemployment for two years or more after completing rehabilitation. Additionally, they also struggle with managing their finances. 

Diminished Participation in Activities 

Ongoing symptoms and other diminished functioning have made it difficult for moderate to severe TBI patients to reengage in leisurely and recreational activities they previously participated in prior to the injury. In fact, only 40 percent can return to enjoying such activities. Furthermore, this has also contributed to social isolation and, therefore, a lower quality of life. 

Increased Likelihood of Death 

Since moderate and severe TBI patients experience depression, anxiety, mood swings, and other emotional symptoms, this can result in an increased risk of suicide. In addition, older patients are more prone to brain-related diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s and other health issues like pneumonia. 

Conclusion 

Although the risks are prevalent, a significant amount of people who suffer from moderate or severe TBI have improved and even regained near-normal functionality. With the help of exceptional medical care, rehabilitation, and other health and social resources, these patients have the ability to get their lives back on track. 

If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident in Hartford, CT, contact Carlson & Dumeer, LLC at (877) 795-5594 for a free consultation. A legal team with over two decades of combined experience!