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The effects of a TBI can last a lifetime

In a matter of seconds, your life can change. You may not even have time to process what was about to happen. Like other Connecticut accident victims, all you know is that you were fine one second and not the next. You may not even realize at first that you suffered a serious blow to the head.

Whether you suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident, a fall or some other accident, the repercussions to your health and your life may last the rest of your life. Because the brain is a complex and, sometimes, fickle organ, everyone can experience different symptoms and effects from a TBI. After the initial recovery, potentially lifelong affects may become clear.

Changes in cognitive abilities and thinking

The following are examples of cognitive and thinking issues that you may suffer after a moderate to severe TBI:

  • Concentrating
  • Staying focused
  • Remembering new things learned
  • Confusion in unfamiliar, crowded or new situations
  • Understanding language
  • Finding solutions
  • Responding slowly or impulsively to situations or problems
  • Processing large amounts of information
  • Planning ahead
  • Staying on task
  • Keeping track of time
  • Making decisions

Experiencing some or all of these issues can make it a challenge to function in social situations. Adapting to new circumstances can also be frustrating and challenging.

Behavior and mood changes

The parts of the brain that control your ability to deal with emotions and social situations may have suffered damage. You may no longer be the "happy-go-lucky" person you once were. Instead, you may have the following challenges:

  • Mood swings
  • Lack of motivation
  • Dependency
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of inhibitions

You may also have difficulty adapting your behavior to the social situation in which you find yourself.

Physical and sensory changes

You may not realize that an injury to your brain can affect your physical world as well. Vision problems can occur. You may experience changes in your ability to smell, taste or hear. Your sense of touch could change as well. Some people with a moderate to severe TBI become hypersensitive to touch while others lose sensitivity.

Some TBI survivors experience seizures due to damage to the parts of the brain that control motor functions. This leads to challenges in performing tasks that most people take for granted, such as eating, drinking and picking up and holding objects.

Sadly, there really isn't any way to predict the types of motor difficulties you may face. Research continues and new treatments come along, but medical personnel and researchers still can't predict what lasting affects a particular person will experience.

Did another person cause your injury?

With the challenges you face as you move into the future, you more than likely will require some medical attention or other intervention to regain as much of your life as possible. You may no longer be able to work (at least not in the position you did prior to the accident). You may no longer be able to enjoy the social and other personal activities that were a big part of your life prior to the accident, either.

If your injuries resulted from the actions of another person, you may have the ability to recover compensation for the financial losses that often accompany serious injuries. Having a compassionate, knowledgeable attorney to advocate for you in this endeavor could prove invaluable.

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