Can TBI Symptoms Get Worse Over Time?

Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, often worsen over time. Chronic complications from a TBI are common.  

According to the CDC, roughly half of all people with moderate to severe TBI will continue to decline after their initial hospitalization and rehabilitation. There are areas of the brain that will not heal, so symptoms get progressively worse.   

A TBI changes your life. A Los Angeles traumatic brain injury lawyer at Ellis Injury Law protects your rights while fighting for the compensation you deserve for your injuries.  


Headaches are one of the prime initial symptoms of a TBI, but they can increase in pain and frequency as time passes. Unfortunately, a TBI victim suffering from headaches six months after the accident has an increased risk of still dealing with headaches a year after the incident. For some, a certain amount of headache pain is permanent. 


The more severe the TBI, the more likely the victim will experience seizures.  

Vision Problems 

Many TBI patients experience vision issues. Most of these are temporary, but some people may develop focusing and other vision-related problems years after the accident.  

Increased light and noise sensitivity 

Most TBI patients will find themselves especially sensitive to light and noise soon after the accident. For a substantial number, however, light and noise sensitivity may appear months or even years later. This heightened sensitivity may never go away, even if the patient recovers significantly.  


Dizziness is a frequent TBI symptom. For many, dizziness worsens rather than improves with time. Treatment for long-term dizziness includes side effects such as fatigue. Because fatigue is another TBI issue potentially increasing with time, the treatment can exacerbate other symptoms. 


Virtually all TBI patients have some degree of fatigue post-injury. Severely injured patients are most likely to develop long-term fatigue. Even after a fair degree of recuperation, constant fatigue can keep a person from returning to work or their normal activities.  

Other long-term TBI symptoms 

Emotional and psychological injuries may not manifest immediately. TBI symptoms that may get worse with time include: 

  • Anxiety 
  • Cognitive difficulties 
  • Depression 
  • Fatigue 
  • Irritability 
  • Insomnia 
  • Memory loss 
  • Mood swings 
  • Personality changes  

TBI damages  

Damages, or compensation, for a TBI may include: 

  • Medical expenses, current, and future  
  • Rehabilitation costs 
  • Lost wages 
  • Lost future earnings  
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Loss of quality of life 

traumatic brain injury attorney knows that the lifetime costs of a TBI are very high. Clients may need compensation for medical devices, in-home care, nursing home care, and home modifications. A fair settlement amount is based on the victim’s age, life expectancy, and specific brain injury.  

Contact a Los Angeles brain injury lawyer 

If you or a loved one suffered a TBI because of another party’s negligence or recklessness, you need the services of the experienced Los Angeles accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law. Call or text 24/7 to schedule a free consultation, or submit our online form.  

Our dedicated attorneys have recovered more than $350 million for our clients. We work on a contingency basis, so there is no fee unless you receive compensation.