Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are unlike any other. Given the delicate nature of the brain, these kinds of injuries could come with a lot of complications. For TBI victims, the road to recovery is full of ups and downs, and some of the effects can last a lifetime.
Your quality of life is likely to be negatively affected by a TBI. Depending on the extent of the injuries, it might be hard to resume the life you were used to before. For instance, your career and relationships with family and friends may never be the same. Here is how this may happen.
You may be predisposed to mental disorders following a TBI
Victims of TBIs are prone to mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), depression or even the development of aggressive behaviors. It may be impossible to maintain relationships with family or friends when this happens. Your job could also be on the line if it is impossible to work around others owing to your mental state.
Such drastic changes in your usual way of life can end up piling additional psychological pressure on you. Things can quickly get out of hand.
A TBI can drain your finances
Treatment for brain injuries requires specialized doctors and post-treatment care which can be expensive. Keep in mind that you might not be able to work as you recover, making it even harder to pay your medical bills.
Loss of independence
Some brain injuries can affect your physical capabilities. As a result, you might need round-the-clock care to carry out basic tasks that you could have handled yourself before. This loss of independence can affect your self-esteem, further increasing your vulnerability.
Getting compensation after a TBI
You might be entitled to compensation if someone else’s negligence caused you a brain injury. However, since a TBI can develop new complications even years or months down the line, it is necessary to have eyes on the future when pursuing settlement to make sure you are fully covered.