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5 things you might not expect after a brain injury

An accident that causes a brain injury is the first event in a series that you might not expect. Having to live with a brain injury means that you are going to have to deal with effects that you probably never thought you would have to deal with.

Unfortunately, some of the things that happen after a brain injury are unavoidable. Consider these five possibilities that occur after a brain injury.

#1: Shunts and other surgeries

Surgery is sometimes necessary after a brain injury. There are many different types of surgeries that you might have to deal with if you suffer a traumatic brain injury. Surgery is required to place a pressure monitor, shunt, or remove part of the skull. All of these are possible if there is pressure building on the brain that could lead to problems.

#2: Lasting effects even once the injury is as healed as it will be

There are lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury that you might not be prepared for. Even once the brain injury is as healed as it is going to be, you might have residual effects. These can range from lethargy to headaches. You might continue to have trouble with your memory or vision. It is sometimes possible to use medications and therapy to overcome these effects. However, they might still impact your life.

#3: Mood changes can occur

Mood changes are common after a traumatic brain injury. A person who was happy go lucky before the accident might suddenly be angry and irritated. Depression might occur. In some cases, the person might suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Often, a person who has suffered a traumatic brain injury will need help from a team of people, which might include mental health professionals and therapists so they can try to learn how to deal with the emotions and mood changes that come after an injury of this magnitude.

#4: Family members might have difficulties

The traumatic brain injury victim isn't the only person who is impacted by the injury. Family members might be affected because of the care needs of the victim, the mood swings that can come with these injuries, and the new normal way of life that occurs after a brain injury. This can be especially hard for young children who don't understand what is going on.

#5: Compensation might be possible

You might opt to seek compensation for a traumatic brain injury. This is possible if the accident was someone else's fault. You could seek compensation for the care costs and other damages associated with the brain injury.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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