Whether the result of an auto accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, or even an act of violence, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often life-changing experiences for victims. The brain is a complex and extremely vulnerable organ, and even seemingly minor bumps can result in concussions, swelling, or bleeding, and a host of associated complications.
The extent of TBIs aren’t always obvious. Minor TBIs may cause subtle changes, while more severe TBIs can cause profound difficulties and challenges for victims. Three common TBI-related complications and changes victims experience include:
- Personality changes—There are many stories of TBI victims experiencing dramatic changes in personality and demeanor. Individuals who were laid back before their injuries may become anxious and tense, while others may lose their filters in social settings and say inappropriate or offensive things.
- Reduced motor skills—Brain injuries can affect victims’ abilities to perform routine tasks, such as eating, getting dressed, or driving vehicles. People who experience reduced motor skills may even lose their ability to work.
- Cognitive problems—TBIs can affect the frontal lobe and parts of the brain responsible for thinking and executive function. Victims may experience difficulty with vocabulary, speech, and critical thinking after their injuries.
TBIs aren’t just life-changing—they’re also expensive. Victims often require extensive medical care or even daily assistance from medical professionals. In addition, the complications of their injuries may make it impossible for them to work, which means no paychecks.