Can I Live A Normal Life After a Brain Injury?

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Traumatic brain injuries are usually a result of a violent blunt, stub, or jolt to the head. This could be anything from a drastic fall or a bullet going through the skull. Depending on the severity of

the injury, brain cells could face severe damage.

Common Causes of TBI Injuries

According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 166 Americans die daily due to traumatic brain injuries. Common causes of these injuries include:

  • Sports Injuries – TBIs are common in many sports, including football, soccer, hockey, baseball, and other high-impact sports.
  • Violence – Domestic violence, gunshots, child abuse, and other forms of assault are common causes of TBI.
  • Falls – falling downstairs, off the bed or ladders, and others are the most common form of TBI. Usually found in older adults and young children.
  • Vehicle Accidents – car, motorcycle, or bike collisions are also common causes of these brain injuries. Not only is the vehicle's operator in danger, but if there are pedestrians involved as well, they too could be subject to injuries in the brain.
  • Combat Injuries – explosive blasts are another common cause of TBIs. Researchers believe that the pressure wave passed through the brain disrupts and injures brain functionality.

Symptoms of TBI

After sustaining a severe brain injury, a series of symptoms could soon follow. The symptoms someone could experience usually depend on the severity of the accident.

Mild TBI symptoms typically include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Problems with speech
  • Dizziness
  • Sensory issues such as blurred vision, bad taste in the mouth, or ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light

Moderate to severe TBI symptoms typically include:

  • Seizures
  • Clear fluids draining in-ear or nose
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Struggling to wake up go to sleep
  • Profound confusion
  • Blind spots or double vision
  • Impaired hand-eye coordination
  • Inability to balance
  • Slurred speech

Living with TBI

TBIs can lead to lifelong challenging disabilities. However, it's recommended to get back on a routine as soon as possible with suitable accommodations. Standard recommendations include:

Exercise – Implementing a light exercise routine a few times a week has proven beneficial for those living with traumatic brain injuries. This could include walking, yoga, or even aerobics.

Diet – it's also crucial to adjust your diet after experiencing brain injuries. It's suggested to eat small meals every three to four hours full of nutrients. Try to eat lean meats, fish, avocados, nuts, fresh fruits, and vegetables.

Work or School – getting back into work or schooling is also an essential factor of living with TBI. To be adequately prepared for this, it's recommended that you speak with your doctor and voice and ask questions or concerns you may have.

Learning to heal from and live with a TBI is a long journey. You must remain focused, avoid distractions and manage your expectations for your recovery. It may be challenging at times due to increased response to stimuli and a decreased ability to focus, but it is possible to achieve with patience and commitment.

Contact an Attorney

If you or someone you know is suffering from a traumatic brain injury, working with a skilled professional could be beneficial. Here at James Wood Law, we have the skill and years of experience needed to fight for your rights. You deserve the right to a full, healthy recovery without the stress of legal matters. Let us be your voice.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Call us today at (505) 906-6774 to speak with one of our award-winning attorneys and discuss the details of the case. We want to help.