After suffering a traumatic brain injury, you need to know what to expect in the future. It can be hard to cope with the fact that you look totally normal on the outside but have a real disability to deal with. You may not be able to do the things you used to love, and it could be hard for you to speak, move or concentrate. You could have trouble with your mood, or you could still have symptoms such as dizziness or headaches that hold you back.

Traffic accidents come with their own stresses, too. You may have emotional concerns, like depression or anxiety, that stem from what you’ve been through. Those health issues might be worsened by your brain injury, which can be very difficult to live with.

What should you expect as you heal over time?

Every injury is different, but you can expect to see some improvement over time. Most people with mild brain injuries see rapid recovery within the first three months after the injury. Mild injuries tend to resolve completely by six months. If you develop post-concussive disorder, it could take up to six months to see those symptoms go away.

On the other hand, more serious brain injuries may not totally recover in that time frame. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may see significant improvement for a short time, then the rate of improvement may slow. Some people are left with permanent disabilities, though some minor improvement may happen over time with good treatment and medical care.

Your attorney will help you seek compensation for your injuries. When you’re medically stable, you’ll be able to see how the injury is likely to affect you in the future.