Can Traumatic Brain Injuries Cause Personality Changes?

Can Traumatic Brain Injuries Cause Personality Changes?

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Traumatic brain injuries can result in wide-ranging, sometimes devastating, consequences, including long-term or permanent personality changes. If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI due to another’s negligence, you’re most likely wondering whether you may have a valid claim against them. Please continue reading and contact a skilled Connecticut brain injury lawyer from Casper & de Toledo today to learn more. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of traumatic brain injuries?

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) often result from accidents where the head sustains a sudden impact or, without an actual impact to the head, there is an acceleration/deceleration incident where the brain is subjection to a combination of linear and rotational forces within the skull vault. Car crashes frequently cause such injuries. Falls, especially in elderly and young children, are another common cause. Sports injuries, particularly in contact sports like football, ice hockey, and boxing, can lead to TBIs. Assaults and other forms of violence often implicating a lack of adequate security also contribute significantly to the incidence of these injuries. Workplace accidents, especially in construction and industrial settings, pose risks for TBIs. Understanding these common causes is crucial for prevention and early intervention.

Can TBIs cause personality changes?

Personality changes are a significant and often distressing outcome of TBIs. Sheldrake E, et al, Mental Health Outcomes Across the Lifespan in Individuals With Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms: A Scoping Review. Front Neurol. 2022. These changes can range from mild mood swings to drastic alterations in behavior and temperament. Patients may exhibit increased irritability, impulsivity, or aggression after a TBI. Emotional responses can become unpredictable, leading to challenges in personal relationships. Cognitive changes, such as difficulty with memory, attention, or problem-solving, also occur. Long-term effects might include depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders. It’s important to recognize these changes early to seek appropriate treatment and support. Ponsford J, et al, Epidemiology and Natural History of Psychiatric Disorders After TBI. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2018

How do I know if I have a valid personal injury claim?

Determining the validity of a TBI claim involves several factors. In general, every personal injury claim involves an assessment of liability, causation, and damages. But the often elusive and difficult-to-immediately-quantify damages component for a TBI takes time to fully assess. That’s why it is important to confer with an experienced TBI lawyer.

If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact a dedicated Connecticut TBI lawyer from Casper & de Toledo today. We are here to fight for the best possible outcome on your behalf.