Widespread attention has been devoted to brain injuries and serious concussions and their long-term and serious effect on health, especially in professional sports. Yet, like these catastrophic injuries, even mild traumatic brain injury can have long-term effects on physical and mental health. Accidental falls, such as falling off a bike or tumbling down stairs, may not result in loss of consciousness or immediate health problems, but it may have serious and long-lasting consequences. These injuries can also threaten relationships and marriages.
Individuals who suffer these mild brain injuries often complain that they are alienated from themselves and may even be unrecognizable to their partner. Also, communicating becomes more difficult because coming up with the right words becomes difficult. An injured person may not get to the point, lapse into silence, or get a glazed over look.
A brain injury may cause long-term and serious fatigue, too. In addition to poor sleep, a person loses energy because their brain works harder to process information. Also, sexual desire may become diminished because these injuries often affect hormone levels. This further causes embarrassment and stress in a relationship.
An injured partner in a relationship may have difficulty accomplishing simple chores, planning, organizing and paying attention. This can harm their ability to earn a living and cause financial stress.
Loneliness and isolation also accompany these injuries. A person may become too tired, mad, or ashamed to engage in social activities. Friends and relatives might also compound these feelings by mistakenly believing that the person's injuries should have healed.
Addressing brain injuries may be expensive. An attorney can help injury victims seek compensation for treatment if these injuries were caused by another person's negligence.