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The catastrophic effects of a traumatic brain injury

On Behalf of | May 1, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are commonly seen after serious motor vehicle accidents, especially when a much larger vehicle hits a smaller one — like a truck hitting a car or a car hitting a motorcycle. But the damage from a TBI isn’t really confined to a victim’s brain. TBIs, in many ways, are whole-body injuries.

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries can affect victims in three basic ways.

Physically

Hearing loss, vision loss and headaches are common with TBIs. Victims may also experience:

  • Poor motor coordination
  • Spastic muscles
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness and loss of balance

Some victims even have a hard time ambulating without assistance.

Cognitive

Decreased awareness and poor communication skills are big problems for TBI victims. So are:

  • Poor attention spans
  • Trouble reading or writing
  • Poor communication skills
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Memory loss
  • The inability to concentrate

Psychological

Many victims of brain injuries experience profound personality changes. They may also experience:

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Personality changes
  • Poor motivation
  • Poor self-esteem

While victims of mild traumatic brain injuries may mostly recover their old identities and lives, those with more severe injuries usually experience a catastrophic change in their entire existence. They may never be able to return to their former occupations. In many cases, they may need lifelong nursing care services because they are unable to physically or mentally care for themselves without assistance.

The financial demands of caring for a family member with a traumatic brain injury can be monumental — and ongoing. If your loved one suffered a TBI in a car wreck with a negligent driver, find out how you can obtain the compensation you need.