Question: What can happen to someone with a traumatic brain injury?

Mild traumatic brain injury may affect your brain cells temporarily. More-serious traumatic brain injury can result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain. These injuries can result in long-term complications or death.

What happens to the brain immediately after a traumatic brain injury?

Immediately following TBI, two types of effects are seen. First, brain tissue reacts to trauma and to tissue damage with a series of biochemical and other physiological responses. Substances that once were safely housed within the cells now flood the brain.

How long does a brain injury take to recover?

The prognosis for mild TBI is usually better than for a moderate TBI, and the prognosis for moderate TBI is usually better than for a severe TBI. With a concussion (mild TBI), most people recover most or all of their brain function within 3 months following injury, with most recovering sooner.

What is considered a mild TBI?

Mild TBI is classified as having a GCS score between 13 and 15. Here there may be post-traumatic amnesia of less than 1 day, or not, and a loss of consciousness of less than 30 minutes, although there may be no loss of consciousness.

Is having a brain injury a disability?

A disability applicant with lasting physical and mental difficulties from a severe TBI may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. If youve suffered a traumatic brain injury that prevents you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

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