Traumatic brain injuries are life-altering events that can impact every aspect of the victim’s life. When a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it also impacts family members. For that reason, victims and their families should be familiar with the impacts of a traumatic brain injury the legal resources that may be able to help them.
The impact of traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can be costly physically, personally and financially. This is because of the different impacts of brain injuries that can touch on every aspect of the victim’s life. TBIs can lead to cognitive deficits, physical deficits, sensory deficits and social and emotional impairment. Cognitively speaking, traumatic brain injuries can cause the victim to experience difficulties thinking, focusing, concentrating and remembering.
In addition, TBIs can lead to physical deficits including headaches, dizziness, nausea, lethargy and balance problems. They can also lead to sensory deficits such as vision problems and victims of traumatic brain injuries may also be bothered by light or noise. Social and emotional impairment can look like irritability, quick to anger, anxiety, sadness and depression. Victims can also suffer sleep disruptions.
The physical and other impacts of a traumatic brain injury can make it difficult for victims to perform daily tasks, hold a job in some circumstances or care for themselves. They may experience difficulty maintaining relationships. The medical treatment and care victims of TBI need is often costly. As medical bills pile up, victims may be unable to work and may be unrecognizable to family members and co-workers or to themselves.
Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by car accidents and in other ways as well. Victims can have their lives upended in an instant which is why, when they have suffered a TBI in a car accident, they should be familiar with the legal protections available to them with their damages.