How can a traumatic brain injury affect you in the long term?

When you’re involved in a car crash or a slip-and-fall accident, it’s not uncommon to suffer a head injury. These are often relatively minor and the headache-type symptoms will subside within a few days. 

There are times, however, when the trauma to the brain is so significant that it can take a few months to recover or may even have lasting, life-changing effects. A traumatic brain injury can have long-term effects on that person both physically and mentally. 

It can depend on where in the brain the injury is

Each side of our brain is responsible for different functions. Where your injury occurs can, therefore, determine how you are affected. 

Injuring the left-hand side of your brain can cause communication difficulties. It may affect the way you speak and also the way you interpret what someone is saying to you. Damage to the right-hand side of the brain can make it difficult for you to function in the way you used to with an inability to carry out everyday tasks. 

Memory loss and mood swings are not uncommon

This can be accompanied by other symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness and visual impairment. 

It’s not unusual for someone with a TBI to develop the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Due to the changes in the brain, it may cause changes to relationships with people who you used to be close to. This can lead to feelings of isolation. 

Anxiety and depression also occur as a result of the life changes that come with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It’s hard to accept that you cannot do the things you used to and that you no longer enjoy what you used to. 

A TBI caused by an accident at the fault of another can leave you with feelings of anger, resentment and desperation. While it’s sometimes hard to see, it doesn’t have to determine your entire future. Seeking a damages payment can help give you the justice you want and the time you need to recover.  



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