Even though the brain is one of the more important organs in the human body, head injuries can be easy to ignore. Still, according to the Brain Trauma Foundation, brain injuries kill roughly 50,000 Americans every single year. For another 80,000 individuals, injuries to the brain lead to permanent disability.
Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. If you have a TBI, you may expect to experience pain, disorientation, dizziness and confusion. You may not realize, though, a TBI may also cause your personality to change forever.
Even if you were a mellow person before the collision, an accident-associated TBI may cause you to become more aggressive. Along with angry outbursts, you may have an ongoing sense of rage. While there are ways to manage your aggression, an uptick in anger may damage your personal and professional relationships.
Depression is common in TBI sufferers. If your brain injury causes or contributes to your depression, you may have an increased risk of self-harm. You may also no longer enjoy your hobbies, physical activity or other pursuits. Regrettably, anti-depressant medications are not always effective at treating TBI-related depression.
Those who go through stressful events, such as a car accident, are often vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder. Even if you do not have flashbacks or nightmares, you may have an increase in general anxiety. This is because a TBI interrupts your brain’s normal processes.
It is hard to put a price tag on a permanently changed personality. Ultimately, though, if you have an altered personality after a crash, you may be eligible for substantial financial compensation.