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How A Traumatic Brain Injury Affects Personal Relationships

How A Traumatic Brain Injury Affects Personal Relationships

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects nearly every area of a victim’s life, including their personal relationships. Here are some of the ways your personal relationships may change after a TBI:

Different Roles and Responsibilities

You may have been the breadwinner in your home in the past, but that can change if you suffer a TBI. TBI victims may not be physically, mentally, or emotionally able to work. As a result, their partners often have to either enter the workforce or search for additional opportunities to earn money. This shift in roles and responsibilities can put a lot of pressure on a couple, and their relationship could suffer as a result.

Mood Swings

TBI victims can also experience mood swings due to their injury. Dealing with these sudden mood swings can be difficult for friends and family members, especially if the anger is directed at them. Loved ones may not understand that you do not have complete control over your emotions. Instead, they may feel hurt or upset by something that you’ve said or done during a mood swing. This can severely affect relationships with all of your closest loved ones.

Communication Problems

Communication is an important part of every relationship. But sadly, many people have trouble communicating with others after a TBI. Victims may not be able to put their thoughts or feelings into words. It’s also common for TBI victims to struggle with understanding what other people are talking about. Not being able to effectively communicate with someone can make it hard to connect with other people and maintain personal relationships.

Self-Consciousness

Many people feel incredibly self-conscious after suffering a TBI because of the physical and mental changes that this type of injury can cause. For example, a TBI victim who struggles to find the right words or speak clearly may be self-conscious every time he opens his mouth. Someone who has physical limitations after an injury may be too self-conscious to go for a walk outside or exercise around other people. The more self-conscious a TBI victim feels, the more he will isolate himself from his loved ones. Friends and family members may feel as if they are being pushed away, and some of them may not understand why, which can lead to feelings of resentment.

If you have suffered a TBI, contact Reisch Law Firm today. Our personal injury attorneys will ensure that you are compensated for the immense suffering that you have experienced as a result of your injury. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

How to Spot A Concussion

How to Spot A Concussion

Many people think that a concussion is nothing more than a minor bump to the head, but that’s not the case. A concussion is one type of traumatic brain injury, so it’s nothing to take lightly. Some of the symptoms of a concussion may not appear right away or may not seem serious at first. As a result, many people that sustain this injury fail to seek medical treatment in a timely manner. How can you spot a concussion? Follow these tips:

Disorientation

Concussion victims are often disoriented after hitting their heads. They may not remember what happened, even if it’s only been a few minutes since they sustained the injury. Some people think this is a normal reaction to being involved in an accident, but confusion is actually a symptom of a serious head injury.

Loss of Balance

Someone who has sustained a concussion may experience a loss of balance. If someone appears to be unsteady on his feet after hitting his head, this is a sign that he has sustained a concussion.

Loss of Consciousness

Some concussion victims will briefly lose consciousness after hitting their heads. But, do not assume that someone did not sustain a concussion simply because he never lost consciousness.

Physical Symptoms

Victims may complain of extreme fatigue, nausea, dizziness, or headaches after sustaining a concussion. A concussion can also make the victim more sensitive to certain stimuli such as light or noise. If someone seems bothered by a loud noise or a bright light, this is a sign that he has sustained a concussion.

Mood Changes

It may take hours, days, or even weeks for a concussion to cause noticeable changes in a victim’s mood. Some victims experience mood swings while others report being incredibly irritable for long periods of time. It’s also possible for a concussion victim to feel extreme sadness. The victim may complain of “feeling down” or may cry much more than usual. It can be hard to be around someone who is dealing with these changes, but try to remember that the victim may not have any control over his emotions because of the injury.

It’s important to note that this is not an all-inclusive list of concussion symptoms. Each concussion is unique, so the victim may exhibit a wide range of symptoms. To play it safe, it’s best to seek medical attention from a doctor if you ever hit your head after a fall, traffic collision, or any other type of accident.

Have you sustained a concussion in an accident? If so, contact the personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today. We will work tirelessly to recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.

What are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

What are the Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most devastating and life-changing injuries that a person can sustain. Victims often sustain these injuries in car accidents, slip and falls, or as the result of a criminal act. Many people unfortunately do not recognize the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury until hours or even days after the accident has occurred. That’s why it’s important to learn the symptoms so you can recognize them and get medical treatment right away.

Mild TBIs

Mild TBIs are the least serious and most common type of brain injury. Some of the symptoms that you may experience include:

  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Inability to pay attention
  • Lack of coordination

If you have sustained a mild TBI, the symptoms may not appear right away. In fact, it may be days or even weeks before you start to notice that something is wrong. If you have been diagnosed with a mild TBI, you may start to see some improvement in your condition within the weeks or months following the injury. However, around 15% of people who have sustained a mild TBI continue to experience some of these symptoms for one year or more after the accident.

Moderate or Severe TBIs

Moderate and severe TBIs are much more serious than mild TBIs. Victims with a moderate TBI will lose consciousness anywhere from 20 minutes up to six hours after the injury. Victims with severe TBIs can lose consciousness for hours or days. In fact, some severe TBI victims may never regain consciousness again. Besides loss of consciousness, moderate and severe TBI victims can experience emotional, cognitive, and physical changes as a result of their injuries.

Victims may have trouble paying attention or concentrating on one thing at a time. They may find themselves easily distracted, and may frequently lose track of what they’re talking about. TBI victims often suffer serious memory loss and have trouble controlling their impulses.

Physically, moderate and severe TBI victims may experience chronic pain, changes in appetite, and paralysis. They may be unable to control their bladder or bowels, depending on the location of the injury.

Victims may notice emotional changes after an injury as well. It’s common for moderate or severe TBI victims to become depressed or easily agitated. They may exhibit a lack of motivation and become dependent on those around them. Some victims may struggle making emotional connections with other people, which makes it difficult for them to hold onto relationships they had prior to the injury.

A traumatic brain injury can have serious long-term consequences. If you have sustained a TBI because of another person’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation. Contact Reisch Law Firm today to discuss your legal options by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.