Traumatic Brain Injury, better known as TBI is unfortunately becoming more prevalent in today's society. The increase in riskier sports activities coupled with a lack of understanding of TBI has made it worse.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a traumatic brain injury can have both a short and long-term effect on an individual. Even a mild TBI can affect thinking, sensation, language and even emotions.
First, thinking. This involves both memory and reasoning abilities. People who have sustained a traumatic brain injury can find it difficult to recall events that were either precious or important to them. They also could have trouble with their ability to use their reasoning capabilities to work through the simplest of challenges.
Second, sensation. This is a rarely discussed impact of TBI but one that can affect the victim in life-changing ways. Sensation involves touch, taste and smell. Traumatic brain injury can cause a person to have a diminished sense of taste and smell. Often they will also experience a lack of feeling when they touch something or are touched by something or someone.
Third, language. In this case a traumatic brain injury will impact verbal communication as well as facial expression. It can also diminish understanding and comprehension of what someone else is saying. They may even find it difficult to follow a simple conversation. Overall there are wide-ranging consequences to learning, study, retention, etc.
A fourth and more well-known effect of a TBI is emotional. The victims will often feel depression, anxiety, experience personality changes, be more aggressive, and find themselves being socially inappropriate and uncontrolled. They will often find themselves conflicted about what they are thinking versus what they are doing.
It is interesting to note that close to 75% of TBI’s that occur are concussions or what is considered other forms of mild TBI, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also must be noted that repeated mild TBI’s over a short period of time can be fatal to an individual.
What do you do if you experience a TBI? Consult with a healthcare provider who can walk you through the process of getting the help you need. Many TBI’s are the results of an accident, If you or a loved one had sustained a TBI you are also welcome to contact our law firm for a complimentary consultation. For more information call 844-847-8300 or visit our website at http://www.therussofirm.com.