The aftermath of a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often fraught with physical hardship and fear of cognitive decline. That narrative does deserve attention, but the reality of living with a TBI can be much more complex.
Life after a TBI can be different in ways you might not have imagined and no doctor can really explain. However, knowing what may occur can prepare you to meet unanticipated consequences and challenges.
An emotional teeter-totter
You may expect your injury to impact you psychologically. However, the way your emotions may seesaw between extremes could take you by surprise.
Flat affect, a sudden inability to feel or express emotion, can disconnect you from yourself and the world. Conversely, emotional lability, where feelings swing wildly and unpredictably, can leave you feeling lost.
Personality changes are another unexpected twist. You might become impulsive, disinhibited or even develop aggressive tendencies. These shifts can be jarring for those who know you, and they may lead to a sense of lost identity.
Once treasured relationships can suffer after a TBI, as everyone tries to figure out how they fit together in the new family dynamics. Misunderstandings, frustration and mounting financial burdens can strain the bonds with loved ones. Those who meet your care needs may suffer caregiver fatigue, leaving you with feelings of unwarranted guilt.
You can plan for and address these or other issues that may increase post-TBI challenges. Whether your injuries occurred in a vehicle accident, slip and fall or some other incident caused by someone else’s negligence or actions, it’s important to learn about your compensation rights under Indiana law. Having experienced legal guidance can help you understand them and help ensure that you get fair compensation for your expenses and damages.