While any type of injury resulting from an accident can be painful and affect day-to-day living, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have lifelong consequences. From affecting thought and mood to the ability to walk, our brains control every aspect of our life. Any form of head injury can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life.
This blog post should not take the place of medical advice. Seek the competent care of a medical professional for medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment for any injuries.
TBIs and Cognition
At the core of our brain's function is the ability to think, understand, and perceive the world around us. When the brain's integrity is compromised by a traumatic brain injury, even the most simple tasks can become difficult, if not impossible, to understand. If you have suffered a TBI, you may face complications in cognition such as:
- Attention Span
- Problems retaining new information
- Recall Ability
- Language or Speech Comprehension
The cognitive effects of a traumatic brain injury following an accident can make it difficult for a person to live alone and enjoy a normal life.
Mood and Behavior After a TBI
An individual who has suffered a traumatic brain injury may experience changes in behavior, acting in ways that he or she did not act before the injury. If you have suffered a TBI which has affected the areas of the brain which control behavior and mood, you may experience one or more of the following:
- Depression or thoughts of suicide
- Thought or Speech filter
- Irritability and aggression
- Mood swings
Oftentimes, individuals who suffer a traumatic brain injury are incapable of recognizing the differences in behavior that they experience post-accident. Therapy is often recommended for individuals who have suffered these effects following a TBI, as therapy can teach a person with a TBI how to cope with such behavioral changes.
Physical Effects of a Brain Injury
Effects of traumatic brain injuries don't always manifest in mental changes; depending on the area of the brain which was affected, a TBI can lead to longstanding physical conditions, such as:
- Loss of vision, blurred vision, or loss of depth perception
- Slurred speech
- Impaired hearing
- Chronic headaches
- Spasticity, or continuous contraction of muscles in certain parts of the body
- Trouble sleeping
- Balance problems
While some of these physical effects are temporary side effects following a traumatic brain injury, others can last a lifetime. It may depend on the severity of the injury.
Brain Injury Accidents in Oregon and Washington
Brain injuries can often be caused by another person's negligence. Here in Washington and Oregon, common causes of brain injury accidents may include:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Injuries
- Bicycle Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Slip & Fall Injuries
- Trucking Accidents
Brain Injury After an Accident? We Can Help.
If you have been involved in an accident which resulted in a traumatic brain injury, the team of personal injury attorneys at Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards PS may be able to help. To schedule an appointment to speak with an attorney about your case, fill out an online contact form or call (360) 695-4244 today.