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Lifelong changes can occur after a TBI

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | Personal Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are devastating, regardless of their cause. These injuries can lead to lifelong impairments that can make it difficult for a person to care for themselves or hold a job.

While all of these long-term changes don’t affect every TBI victim, it’s critical that that those who are newly suffering from TBI symptoms understand what may happen, so that they can prepare accordingly.

Cognitive impairments

Cognitive impairments are common after a TBI. They can cause issues with multitasking, planning, memory, attention and problem-solving. These can make it difficult to function in their personal life and professional life. It’s possible that with certain types of therapy, the person will be able to overcome these challenges or learn how to live a full life.

Behavioral and emotional changes

TBI’s can lead to significant changes to a person’s behavior and emotions. These can manifest as extreme irritability, impulsiveness or aggression. They might also experience mood swings and depression. This is often a direct result of the brain’s impaired ability to regulate emotions.

Physical disabilities

Physical disabilities can range from chronic pain and fatigue to paralysis or significant motor function impairments. Some individuals may require assistive devices, such as wheelchairs or walkers, and ongoing physical therapy to maintain mobility and manage pain. These physical disabilities may require accommodations at work or significant structural changes at home.

Sensory processing issues

Individuals with TBIs might experience heightened sensitivity to light and sound or they could have difficulties with their sense of taste or smell. Visual problems such as partial vision loss or depth perception difficulties are common. These sensory changes can complicate daily activities, which can make environments that were once comfortable overwhelming and difficult to navigate.

Communication difficulties

Communication difficulties can manifest as problems with understanding or producing spoken or written language, known as aphasia. Some individuals might also have trouble with the clarity of speech or the ability to engage in conversation. This can lead to feelings of isolation and frustration, impacting social relationships and the ability to function effectively at work or in other social settings.

Victims of motor vehicle crashes that lead to TBI symptoms may choose to seek compensation from any negligent party that caused their harm. Obtaining assistance from a legal representative who can explain one’s options and push their case forward can be beneficial for these victims, as they need to focus on healing, not on maximizing their compensation.