Ten Frightening Complications Following a Cook County Brain Injury
Josephine Cullotta August 1, 2019
IL Personal Injury Lawyer CULLOTTA Lists 10 Common Complications That May Follow A Brain Injury
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1. Locked-In Syndrome
Locked-in syndrome describes a person who is paralyzed, unable to speak, but is awake and may even be fully aware of their surroundings. This person may be aware of sights, sounds, such as loved ones in their presence. They may blink their eyes to communicate with their medical care providers or family members.
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
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 / Post-Traumatic Epilepsy
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 a seizure one week after brain injury have an 80% chance of developing post-traumatic Epilepsy (PTE).
A traumatic brain injury that involves a flesh wound can lead to infection; may spread throughout the nervous system.
6. Facial paralysis
Facial paralysis to the muscles in the face, may affect person’s ability to smile, speak, or exhibit facial expressions.
7. Smell Bad Odor
Brain injury may cause person to have a persistent unexplained bad odor.
8. Bitter taste
Victims of a brain injury may 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 brain injury caused by a fall or car accident may increase the risk of developing this Parkinson’s disease.
There are many complications after a brain injury that are debilitating and life long.