The Unseen Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Our San Diego personal injury lawyers frequently write about the aftermath of Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”). Many of our clients who are involved in car accidents are later diagnosed with some form of head trauma, including mild TBI. We believe that it is our mission to help victims suffering from this type of trauma receive adequate support, education, and excellent legal representation. If you or your family member were seriously injured and suffered any form of a head injury in an attack, assault by security guards, or a car accident, contact our team of award-winning brain injury lawyers for help. We offer free consultations and charge nothing upfront unless we win your case.

Revealing Brain Injury Statistics

Car accident head trauma victimIt is estimated that over 1.5 million individuals suffer from a TBI, or traumatic brain injury, each year. A TBI can leave you or a loved one with physical or mental limitations as a result of the injury.  While a TBI can be anywhere from mild to severe, being injured in a car accident is the leading cause of TBI in the United States. However, you can also suffer a TBI from an accidental fall or from a sporting injury, a physical assault, or an attack. While the physical disabilities that result from a TBI can be severe requiring rehabilitation or surgery, there are many unseen effects of TBI, including the impact the injury has on close personal relationships.

How Brain Trauma Impacts Personal Relationships

TBI can affect personal relationships for several reasons. First, a TBI can cause mood swings and problems with memory. In addition, a TBI patient may feel isolated or have a change in personality following the accident. Most likely, these changes are due to the the brain not functioning in quite the same manner as it did prior to the accident. All of these personal issues associated with TBI can affect the individual’s quality of life and may even impact rehabilitation efforts. For many, these changes are temporary, lasting only a few months while the brain heals itself, while others may continue to suffer permanently following the accident.

How to Provide Support to a TBI Victim

It is often difficult to recognize a brain injury. Yet, there are many signs to look for. An individual suffering from a TBI may have difficulty reading your emotions or responding to obvious needs. Therefore, it is important to communicate clearly what you need. Do not expect your loved one to guess what you truly need or desire. For example, if you would like help running an errand, or if you would like your loved one to join you in a social outing, make your wishes clear. However, be understanding if your offer is declined, as it can be difficult for some TBI patients to enter new social situations or visit unfamiliar settings. In addition, your loved one may develop a different personality than the one he had before the accident, or you may notice that your loved one is expressing an exaggerated emotion, such as being overly sad or angry in a given situation. In contrast, little to no emotion may be shown. Know that this type of reaction is a normal one and do not take these reactions personally. Your loved one will likely have less contact with other people than he or she did before the accident, so it is very important that you act as a strong support system for them during this time.

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by Natalie Prescott

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