Can Brain Injury Change a Person’s Behavior?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A traumatic brain injury or TBI can result from an accident or other incident that results in personal injury. Depending on the specific brain injury, a person can suffer immediate physical and cognitive damage. Regardless of how long these injuries take to appear, these injuries can represent a traumatic event for those who suffer from them, so it is important that you receive comprehensive medical care if you suffer any injury of this type.

The symptoms of brain injuries are typically classified into three categories: cognitive, physical, and emotional. Physical symptoms tend to include headaches, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light. Cognitive symptoms, on the other hand, include problems with concentration, memory, and information processing.

In addition to blunt force trauma, brain injuries can result from other situations in which an individual hits their head abruptly. The “bouncing” of the brain against the hard surfaces of the skull can severely damage brain tissue. Additionally, medical errors and negligence can also cause or contribute to the severity of brain injuries, especially in situations where a person does not get the treatment they require due to misdiagnosis.

Along with these symptoms, a brain injury can also cause changes in a person’s behavior, including:

  • Sadness or depression
  • Frequent irritability
  • Abrupt changes in emotional state
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Frustration or anger

A person with a brain injury may express their emotions, including anger, more abruptly or in extreme ways. You may experience sudden unexplained mood swings. In some cases, there may be a loss of initiative or motivation, which can seriously affect the person’s personal care, work or studies.

Some victims may suffer long-term consequences as a result of brain injuries. Before accepting a settlement agreement for your brain injury, it is prudent to consult with a California personal injury attorney. It is essential for your health to ensure that you receive compensation for any permanent impairment caused by brain injuries, including possible emotional damage.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.