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Temporary vs. Permanent Brain Injury

By Saunders Law Group on June 19, 2018

X-ray of a person's injured brainInjuries to the head must be taken seriously at all times. Severe blows to the head can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI), with symptoms and repercussions that change your life. While side effects may pass after a few weeks, there is a lasting toll that most people do not consider.

The lawyers at our Bartow, FL law firm would like to discuss the notion of temporary brain injuries, and why that may be a dangerous misnomer. As it turns out, even mild brain injuries could have a permanent impact on the health of your brain.

Temporary Brain Injury: Is There Really Such a Thing?

Many people think that brain injuries can be considered temporary in terms of their immediate effects and how long it takes to recover from them. While in a colloquial sense there are “temporary” types of brain injuries, the truth is much more complicated than that.

Taking the common notion of brain injuries in mind, concussions are often considered temporary. Let’s take a look at what a concussion is before considering why the notion of a temporary brain injury is a myth.


A concussion occurs when a seven blow to the head or body causes the brain to shift or shake in the cranium. This can lead to serious disorientation as well as more serious side effects that impact mood, memory, balance, and motor skills. Some people recover from initial symptoms of a concussion after a few days or a few weeks, though the effects of a concussion can least years later.

The Lasting Damage of a Concussion

First of all, suffering from one concussion puts you at greater risk of suffering from another concussion later in life. That means the chances of repeating the same kinds of symptoms, perhaps with lasting repercussions. We’ve noted the effects of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in countless athletes and combat veterans, and can see just here dire repeated injuries can be for overall health and wellness.

Even just one concussion can have lasting impact. Blood vessels in your brain could be damaged from a single concussion, resulting in long-term changes to your cognitive function.

All Brian Injuries Are Potentially Permanent

Given how delicate the brain is and how serious the lasting effects of a brain injury can be, in truth, all brain injuries are potentially permanent. After a concussion, years of monitoring may be required to help address the damage done.

In the case of more serious brain injuries such as contusions or penetrating head injuries, the severe damage to the tissues of the brain could result in major changes to memory, personality, language, and physical well-being.

The bottom line is that if any brain tissue is seriously affected by an injury, it could be altered for the rest of your life.

Holding Negligent Parties Accountable

If your brain injury was the result of another person or party’s negligence, it’s of the utmost importance that the negligent party be held accountable for their actions. Our lawyers can assess the evidence in your case and help with legal action against the negligent party. Whether the incident involved an auto collision, a fall at a property, or a physical assault, we are here to assist you.

Learn More About Brain Injury Litigation

For more information about your legal rights and options following serious head trauma, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. The entire Saunders Law Group team is here to help you and your family in your time of legal need.

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