For most people who experience a
brain injury, life will return to normal. But for many others, however, a traumatic
brain injury (TBI) may result in months, years, or even a lifetime full
It is a fact that life can be different after a TBI. In addition to all
of the physical changes a serious brain injury may cause, a TBI can also
lead to failing to return to your career or disrupting your educational
goals. It can derail plans for the future, alter the way you socialize
and communicate with others, and affect the way you feel and think about yourself.
Common symptoms and long-term effects of TBI include:
- Neck pain and headaches
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or nausea
- Slowness in thinking, reading, speaking, or acting
- Memory difficulties or loss
- Concentration problems
- Mood swings
- Blurred vision
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Ringing in ears
- Getting confused or lost easily
- Loss of senses, such as taste or smell
- Suicidal thoughts
Dealing with the Injury
Unfortunately, TBI isn’t something any person can just “walk
off.” The recovery process can be frustrating, confusing, and emotionally
Brain injuries are notoriously known to heal slowly, which increases stress
and anger. Furthermore, brain injury is associated with many psychological
obstacles and may affect mental health. As mentioned in the list above,
depression and anxiety are common symptoms of a brain injury, which is
why TBI victims should be proactive in seeking qualified care and support
if mental health issues persist.
Part of the reality of living with a brain injury is the need for additional
check-ups, regular visits with your doctor, or ongoing rehabilitation.
Even those who feel like everything is “back to normal” may
still undergo periodic testing from a neuropsychologist or may incorporate
cognitive exercises into their daily activities.
As people start to regain their lost abilities or obtain new coping mechanisms,
they also begin to accept the realities of their condition. At this stage,
an individual may express that they are no longer fighting the injury,
but rather, seeking ways to incorporate their TBI in their lives.
If you suffered a TBI due to the negligence and recklessness of another
party in New York,
contact our Kingston personal injury attorney at
Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. today. More than 100 years of combined experience on your side.