Long-Term Effects of a DAI

For those who survive a diffuse axonal brain injury, there could be a long road ahead to recovery. He or she could experience long-term or permanent impairments that are similar to other traumatic brain injuries, including the following:

Cognitive impairment

People with severe DAI may experience difficulty processing information, expressing thoughts, and making decisions. They may suffer memory loss and struggle to understand abstract concepts.

Physical impairment

Depending on the areas of the brain that were damaged, the patient may lose some level of motor control and may experience tremors, sleep disorders, seizures, and extreme fatigue. In some cases, partial or complete paralysis may result.

Behavioral & emotional changes

Brain injuries can result in complete changes in personality. A person with brain damage may struggle with depression, irritability, increased aggressiveness, and impatience.

Because there is no way to surgically repair a DAI, the victim’s only hope of recovery is to undergo rehabilitation and various forms of therapy to regain as much brain function as possible. Therapy will also help brain injury victims learn alternative ways to accomplish the tasks they can no longer do the way they once did.

Damages When a Negligent Party Is to Blame

Traumatic brain injuries, including diffuse axonal injuries, are caused by physical trauma. Violent attacks, child abuse, and sports injuries are a few ways people suffer head trauma, but the most common causes of TBI are falls and motor vehicle crashes. If your DAI was caused by one of the following, you might have a claim for damages against the person or business responsible for causing the accident:

If you can prove negligence as the cause of your accident, you may be able to recover damages including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Determining the extent of your losses is an important part of your personal injury legal claim, but you will need the help of an experienced attorney.


Kevin W. Mottley
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Richmond, VA trial lawyer dedicated to handling brain injuries, car accidents and other serious injury claims