The Cognitive, Physical, And Emotional Symptoms Of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are one of the most common and devastating injuries that an accident victim can sustain. They are especially likely to occur in accidents that involve some type of sudden blow or jolt to the head, like a car crash or slip and fall accident. The symptoms of these injuries will vary depending on their type and severity, but often affect an accident victim cognitively, physically, and emotionally.
Cognitive TBI Symptoms
Head trauma can affect cognition, or a person’s ability to reason and think. Many TBI victims suffer from cognitive problems, such as:
- Difficulty focusing;
- Being unable to think clearly;
- Difficulty remembering new information;
- Being unable to think through tasks quickly;
- Issues with organization and keeping track of things;
- Slowed reaction times; and
- Communication issues.
While a lot of these symptoms don’t show up physically, they can still have drastic repercussions for a victim’s life, making it more difficult to maintain relationships, remain employed, or even fulfill day-to-day duties.
Physical TBI Symptoms
Besides facing problems with cognition, many TBI accident victims also experience a number of physical symptoms, including:
- Loss of consciousness;
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Problems with balance and a lack of coordination;
- Fatigue; and
Those who suffer head trauma also often experience sensory problems, such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light or certain sounds, or a ringing in the ears. Fortunately, many of these symptoms go away over time and accident victims are able to resume their normal activities within a few weeks. Other victims, on the other hand, are not so lucky and may suffer from symptoms for years to come.
Emotional TBI Symptoms
The brain is a complex organ that controls everything from thought and touch to motor skills and breathing, so it should come as no surprise that damage to the brain can cause not only cognitive and physical issues, but also emotional symptoms as well, with many TBI victims experiencing:
- Extreme irritability;
- Severe depression;
- Drastic changes in personality;
- Increased nervousness and anxiety; and
- Mood swings.
There are a lot of medications and therapies that can help accident victims who are suffering from these kinds of emotional symptoms. These treatments are, however, expensive, which can be particularly frustrating for those who were injured because of someone else’s carelessness. Fortunately, it is possible for accident victims who can prove that someone else is to blame for their injuries, to recover compensation not only for therapies and medications, but any other medical bills they incurred, as well as any loss of income they experienced.
Atlanta Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Head injuries are not only painful, but also potentially debilitating, often affecting an accident victim’s personal relationships, ability to work, and overall quality of life. Call Shiver Hamilton Campbell at 404-593-0020 to speak with one of our experienced and compassionate Savannah traumatic brain injury lawyers about seeking compensation from the person who caused your own accident-related injuries. You can also set up a free consultation by filling out one of our online contact forms.