When people in Pennsylvania suffer a traumatic brain injury, there can be a number of different effects. Some may be physical, but others can be emotional, and these can affect every part of the person’s life. These effects may be temporary or permanent. There could also be a delay between the injury itself and the onset of these symptoms, so people do not always connect them to the original injury at first.
Common emotional issues
Immediately after a TBI or after just a short time, some people may find their thinking is not as clear as it should be. Shortly after the injury or even some time later, people may suffer from anxiety, depression, irritability, a lack of motivation and a number of changes in mood or personality. Impulse control can also be a problem.
These emotional issues can cause problems in a person’s relationship. A further difficulty is that people who have traumatic brain injuries may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder related to the origin of the injury. Combat injuries, motor vehicle accidents and assaults may all result in a TBI, and these incidents could cause PTSD.
Treatment and diagnosis
How a TBI is diagnosed depends on the type. For example, a concussion cannot be diagnosed with a scan. On the other hand, a CT scan may be able to detect swelling, skull fractures and similar injuries immediately after the event that caused it.
Treatment is available for traumatic brain injuries, and some people may fully recover. However, one problem people may encounter in obtaining compensation from the party responsible for the TBI is the potential gap between the original injury and the appearance of some symptoms. For this reason, people who suffer a head injury may want to consult an attorney to find out how to proceed in these situations.