A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when brain tissue is damaged as the result of a blow to the head. For instance, you could be at risk for a TBI after a car crash on a California highway or after falling down a flight of stairs. Let’s take a look at some of the negative consequences of a brain or head injury.
You may lose consciousness
There is a chance that you may be in a coma for several days or weeks after sustaining a blow to the head. Depending on the injury’s severity, there is a chance that you won’t wake up at all. Furthermore, you could have trouble breathing or experience reduced motor function in the first few days after waking up from a coma.
You could experience memory loss
It isn’t uncommon to experience post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) after regaining consciousness. For instance, you may not remember what happened after you were struck by an object or colliding with another person during a football game. The good news is that you will eventually begin to remember who you are, where you live or other key facts about your life.
However, it is important to note that portions of your brain that were damaged in an accident won’t fully recover. The timeline and extent of your recovery will largely depend on the severity of your injuries.
Changes in mood and personality may occur
There is a chance that you will be irritable, moody and aggressive in the weeks and months after sustaining a TBI. In some cases, you won’t be able to respond appropriately to commands or communicate coherently.
If you were hurt because of another person’s careless or reckless behavior, you may be entitled to compensation. A financial award may make it easier to pay for current or future medical bills incurred to recover from mild or severe brain injuries. It may also help to make up for lost wages or future earnings if you can’t go back to work.