Few injuries are as devastating as a brain injury. According to statistics provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 1.7 million people are affected by a traumatic brain injury every year – a number that has steadily been increasing over the years with no signs of slowing. Out of those 1.7 million incidents, roughly 52,000 are fatal and 275,000 lead to hospitalization. The effects of a brain injury can be devastating and can permanently change someone’s life.
Brain injuries are extremely common and are often the result of slip and fall accidents, car accidents, acts of violence, falling objects, and more. Regardless of how a brain injury occurs, the effects are often the same.
Personality Change and Emotional Trauma
Emotional trauma is one of the leading effects of a brain injury. Victims often cite anxiety, insomnia, depression, and a constant state of irritability as a result. It is not uncommon for a brain injury to lead to a person’s personality change. Being in a constant negative emotional state can be devastating to the victim and their family. It can lead to self-harm and the abuse of others – even loved ones. Those injured often seek therapy to cope with their new state of mind.
Brain injuries often leave victims struggling to simply think the way they used to. Memory problems, both short and long-term, are extremely common. Cognitive issues often arise following a brain injury and can manifest themselves in a variety of ways. A victim can have difficulty concentrating on basic everyday tasks. This can affect their ability to find and keep a steady job, as well as disrupt personal maintenance.
While the symptoms are often short-term, physical pain can often follow a brain injury victim for a lifetime. Victims often complain of dizziness and nausea, along with painful migraines and headaches that arise frequently and unexpectedly. It’s not uncommon for a victim to permanently lose their vision, be it partially or completely.
The effects of a brain injury could change a person’s life forever. From the high costs of medical care and therapy that comes with new ailments, to the effects it has on a person’s employment and family, brain injury can make life much more difficult.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury and are living with the effects of a brain injury, you need to contact a personal injury attorney. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.