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How a traumatic brain injury can upend someone’s life

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2024 | Injuries |

Even when motorists practice defensive driving and follow all the rules of the road, there is still a likelihood that they may be involved in a car accident before reaching their destination.

Hopefully, any crash that does occur will result in nothing more than some minor vehicle damage and a few bumps and bruises. Still, car accidents are a common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and if wrecks are severe enough, they can significantly alter the course of one’s life.

What causes traumatic brain injuries?

A TBI is caused by a blow, jolt or penetration to the head that disrupts normal brain function. It can range from mild to severe. Common signs of a TBI include:

  • Headaches
  • Vision problems
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating

Some symptoms are subtle or may not appear immediately following an accident. It’s important to always seek medical treatment right away because early detection may improve the outcome. Still, some people find themselves suffering from long-term effects.

In the case of severe TBIs, an individual may experience seizures and chronic pain that limit their mobility and independence. They may require modifications to their living space and assistance with daily activities.

A TBI can also lead to cognitive changes, affecting memory, attention and problem-solving abilities. A decline in cognition can impact a person’s ability to work, leading to income loss and financial insecurity. Depression, anxiety, anger and mood swings are also common when a person has a TBI. These changes may cause strained relationships with friends and family, leaving the individual feeling isolated. They may also struggle with feelings of frustration and misunderstanding.

The effects of a car accident can last a lifetime. Recovery from a TBI is different for each individual, often requiring a combination of medical treatment, rehabilitation and emotional support. If you or someone you know has sustained a TBI as a result of another’s actions, it’s crucial to consider pursuing compensation to provide financial stability while navigating this new reality.

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