Dealing with a Traumatic Brain Injury After an Accident
A traumatic brain injury occurs when a blow to the head disrupts the brain’s normal functioning. This can happen when an object pierces the skull or, more commonly, when the head hits an object, such as in a car accident or slip and fall.
Traumatic brain injuries are very common, with 1.7 million new cases in the United States every year. Mild cases can lead to a concussion, which often heal quickly. In moderate to severe cases, however, a person can become unconscious or even go into a coma. Some cases lead to death.
Because the brain controls the entire body, an injury can be life-altering. It can affect a person physically, mentally and emotionally. A person’s life can change dramatically. They may no longer be able to work or attend school. They may have trouble with relationships. They may be frustrated and quick to anger. A brain injury can impact several areas of a person’s life, either temporarily or permanently.
Difficulty With Daily Activities
A person suffering from a traumatic brain injury may experience difficulty performing many common tasks, depending on the severity of the damage. A person may have trouble paying attention in class or working. They may suffer memory problems such as forgetfulness. They may see impacts to their long-term or short-term memory. They may be easily fatigued and prone to anger. Because they may not be able to do some of the things they once did, like walk, talk, or dress or bathe themselves, they may get frustrated.
As scary as it may seem, it is not uncommon for a traumatic brain injury to change one’s personality. This is because any disruption to the brain can change the way we process and understand information.
After a brain injury, it can be hard to express emotions and understand feelings. When connections in the brain are damaged due to injury, our emotional responses to certain situations can change. They may not always be in sync, so a person who was once very happy may now be angry and frustrated. This is common, but it can be hard for caregivers to deal with.
Secondary Health Conditions
Not surprisingly, a traumatic brain injury can also cause mental issues. Anxiety and depression are the most common. Victims often feel depressed about their situation, especially if they now have limitations. Anxiety is also common because there is often a fear that what caused the brain injury might happen again. For example, if the brain injury was caused by a car accident, a person may now be afraid to drive.
Contact a Coral Springs Personal Injury Attorney
A brain injury can affect a person for the rest of their life. If you have suffered such an injury due to a car accident, fall or other incident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, seek legal help right away to preserve your rights.
Dealing with a brain injury can be extremely costly. The Coral Springs personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Barry S. Mittelberg, P.A. can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation by calling (954) 752-1213.