When a person suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), many aspects of their life can change. The effects can vary considerably among those with TBIs. The location, severity and type of damage all play a role in how the person will be impacted.
Some people who suffer a TBI will experience serious symptoms that begin to get better over time as the brain heals.
What kinds of symptoms might people experience?
The symptoms of a TBI can impact every area of a person’s life. These include:
- Emotional changes: These can include anxiety, depression, outbursts, aggression, being socially inappropriate
- Thinking changes: This can involve challenges with memory and reasoning
- Language changes: People can experience trouble with expressing thoughts, communicating and understanding
- Sensory changes: This can include difficulty with sight and balance
There are also more serious, long-term risks that come with a brain injury of this magnitude. Some individuals who have TBIs have an increased risk of developing conditions like Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease. These risks are increased if the person suffers multiple brain injuries, especially if they occur within a relatively short period of time.
Anyone who’s suffered a TBI that was the fault of a person or entity may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. This can help reduce the financial liability they have because of the injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI because of someone else’s actions or negligence, you may be able to recover compensation to help cover lost wages, medical bills and other expenses related to the injury as well as damages for pain and suffering. An experienced attorney can help.