COMMON PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL EFFECTS OF A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 5:28 am
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have many negative consequences for the accident victim. A TBI can limit a person’s physical capabilities, and it can affect the person’s emotional and psychological well-being. Managing and treating a TBI is often costly, requiring expensive medical treatments and long-term care. While many people immediately think about the physical consequences of a TBI, the physical aspect is only one aspect of this type of injury.
A Lower Quality of Life
A person who suffers a traumatic brain injury may discover they are no longer able to perform the tasks required to keep their job. The result is time off from work while he or she recuperates. In some cases, the person is unable to return to work at all. A person may be unable to return to school or engage in favorite activities because of the pain or inability to perform specific tasks. Examples of ways a TBI can affect a person’s abilities include:
- Motor Skills – A person suffering from a brain injury may lose the ability to walk and move the arms and legs, as well as being unable to talk.
- Cognitive Skills – A person suffering from a brain injury may lose the ability to recall events, suffer from poor memory, or be unable to organize thoughts.
- Senses – A person suffering from a brain injury may not be able to taste or smell in the same way as before the accident, or he may suffer from ultra-sensitivity to smells, tastes, sounds, and textures.
- Behavior – A person suffering from a brain injury may lose control over normal impulses and experience increased irritability that can damage personal relationships.
A TBI can affect the part of the brain that controls emotional responses. The result may be increased anxiety or depression. The person may be unable to control anger impulses. A common issue with a TBI is post-traumatic stress disorder. Many times, the accident victim avoids interactions with others because of mood swings and the inability to control emotions. It may take very little to set the person off or cause the person to become violent and moody.
Pain and Suffering
A person who is diagnosed with a TBI may suffer other medical issues, such as dizziness and severe headaches. These symptoms can be debilitating, causing the person to lose the ability to function normally. The physical pain caused by a TBI combined with the emotional stress and mental anxiety can be overwhelming for an accident victim. In some cases, the person shuts down completely because he or she is unable to handle the physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of a brain injury. The victim and the family suffer permanent harm because of the TBI.
A person who has suffered a TBI because of an accident may be entitled to receive compensation for medical expenses. The victim may also receive compensation for emotional suffering and physical pain. It’s important to speak with an attorney who can help fight for the person’s right to receive the benefits they are entitled to under California’s personal injury laws.
Call a Sacramento Brain Injury Attorney For More Information
Call the Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website. Our brain injury attorneys serve clients in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, El Dorado Hills, and the other communities in the greater Sacramento area. We offer free consultations for accident victims and their families to learn more about a personal injury claim. Contact us today to protect your right to receive compensation for your traumatic brain injury.