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Recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury can damage your identity. Be prepared if an accident or dangerous product causes you or a loved one to suffer a head injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury Damages Your Identity

Head trauma can alter the way accident victims feel and express emotions. An altered personality is common after a traumatic brain injury. Behavior changes occur when the limbic system is damaged. Harm to this part of the brain will result in unprovoked outbursts that cannot be controlled. Extreme head trauma causes sudden, unprovoked episodes of laughter and crying. Other patients will cry when someone makes a joke or laugh at a sad story. Limbic system injury may also increase anxiety levels, trigger depression, and cause temper outbursts. Medications and time can help alleviate these symptoms. Only a physician who specializes in traumatic brain injury can provide a proper treatment plan.

Family Members and Friends Can Help

If someone you know suffers emotional changes due to a traumatic brain injury, the following tips can help minimize symptoms:

  • When an outburst occurs, remain calm and do not react emotionally

  • Lead the person to a quiet area and give them time to regain control

  • Give the individual an opportunity to talk about his or her feelings

  • Provide positive feedback and support

  • Slowly redirect attention to a different topic

  • Encourage them to seek or maintain close contact with qualified health providers or counselors

Brain Injury Victims Can Recover

If you or a loved one suffers a traumatic brain injury, you may be able to recover. Thorp Law has extensive experience fighting for brain injury victims. Our team of lawyers will stand up for your rights so you can recover.