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Living with the hidden consequences of traumatic brain injuries

On Behalf of | Oct 22, 2021 | Brain Injuries |

The consequences of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) or often invisible to others. The brain is a complicated organ, and the area that’s damaged will determine the severity of the effects on the victim. A TBI victim may appear to have recovered, while most of the damage remains hidden. The consequences of traumatic brain injuries often affect family members, friends and colleagues who all have to adjust to the victim’s post-injury challenges.

Potential physical impairments

The road to recovery may be long and difficult, with ongoing therapy, requiring loved ones to be patient, respectful and encouraging. The TBI victim might have to deal with sensitivity to noise and light, causing frequent headaches. Furthermore, chronic nausea and vomiting might follow brain injuries, along with loss of balance and coordination. Depending on the location of the damaged brain cells, there could be chronic fatigue and pain, vision impairment, vertigo, dizziness or seizures.

Potential cognitive impairments

The cognitive impairments that could follow traumatic brain injuries are often the most challenging. The patient and those with whom they interact might find the following cognitive impairments tough to deal with:

  • Impulsivity
  • Difficulty communicating and reasoning
  • Longer time to absorb and process information
  • Struggling to complete routine daily tasks
  • Memory problems
  • Lack of concentration abilities.

Potential emotional problems

Brain trauma could cause a range of emotional problems for the victim, often resulting in withdrawing or avoiding interaction with others. Personality changes could include feelings of irritation and anger along with mood swings. Feelings of anxiety, sadness and depression typically follow, or denial and lack of emotion.

Potential behavioral changes

Dealing with behavioral changes could exacerbate the challenges faced by the victim, caregivers, family and friends. The changes could involve risky behaviour, inappropriate social behaviour, changed sleep patterns, relationship problems and social isolation.

Along with all the mentioned challenges, traumatic brain injury victims might not be able to continue with a chosen career, causing loss of income, exacerbatating the financial impact of the injuries. If there are grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit in an Ontario court, a successful presentation, supported by documented claims, might lead to a monetary judgment to cover both financial and emotional damages.

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