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Ten Frightening Complications Following a Cook County Brain Injury

April 25, 2019

In addition to the various short and long term side effects following a Cook County brain injury, victims run the risk of developing several frightening complications resulting from their trauma. Ten of the most life-altering Cook County brain injury complications are outlined below.

  1. Locked-In Syndrome: Perhaps the most horrific potential complication following a Cook County head trauma is locked-in syndrome. Victims are awake and may be fully aware of their surroundings, including sights, sounds, and loved ones in their presence. However, they are paralyzed and primarily unable to communicate. The best case scenario for these patients is the ability to blink, which allows for minimal communication between the patient and medical providers or family members.
  2. Coma: This complication following widespread brain damage results in the victim being unconscious, unaware of their surroundings, and unresponsive. Coma may be permanent or temporary.
  3. Vegetative State: Cook County victims waking up from a coma may find themselves in a vegetative state. This complication is similar to a coma in that it may be temporary or permanent. However, unlike with a coma, the patient’s eyes may be open or they may have reflexive responses.
  4. Seizures: According to the National Neimann-Pick Disease Foundation, a seizure is a change in level of alertness and brief, abrupt abnormal behaviors caused by temporary excessive discharges of groups of nerve cells in the brain. Victims who suffer from multiple and frequent seizures may develop post-traumatic epilepsy.
  5. Infection: A Cook County traumatic brain injury that involves a flesh wound can lead to infection that may spread throughout the nervous system.
  6. Facial paralysis: Damage to nerves within the brain can cause complete or partial paralysis of the muscles in the face, affecting the ability to smile, speak, or exhibit facial expressions.
  7. Foul smell: Another potential complication from a Cook County head injury is damage to the ability to smell or the perception of a persistent, unexplained foul odor.
  8. Bitter taste: Victims of a brain trauma may also experience a constant or periodic bitter taste in their mouths.
  9. Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s disease causes victims to lose memory and the ability to think. Studies have shown a link between this disease and brain injuries.
  10. Parkinson’s Disease: Parkinson’s disease results in pronounced shaking and increasing loss of motor skills. Experiencing a Cook County brain injury may increase the victim’s risk of developing this disease.

Complications from traumatic brain injuries are numerous and debilitating for many victims. Contact a Cook County brain injury attorney for more information on your rights surrounding this injury by filling out our online form or calling our office at (847) 651-7191.

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