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Behavioral changes can occur after a serious brain injury

A blow to the head should never be taken lightly. Even after you receive a clean bill of health from your Kentucky doctor, you or those around you could notice that you suffer from permanent personality and behavioral changes caused by the traumatic brain injury you suffered. Learning to cope with those changes may present you with a challenge.

For instance, you may get angered or irritated more easily at situations that would not have bothered you prior to your injury. You could experience intense mood swings that are difficult for you to bear. You might become more aggressive, which could put you in dangerous and awkward situations. In the alternative, you could experience a lack of emotion.

You may not be able to remember things as well as you did before. Concentrating may take a great deal of effort on your part. Dealing with one or more of these types of personality and behavioral changes may require you to seek out professional help from counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists. You may need medication for the rest of your life.

There is no way to predict what changes will occur or how long they will last. Depending on the severity of your injury and the changes, you may not be able to function at work or at home. This could lead to further economic losses in addition to any continuing medical costs you may incur.

If your traumatic brain injury resulted from the negligence of another party or parties, you may be able to pursue restitution for your financial and other losses. You could file a personal injury claim with a Kentucky civil court. If the court rules in your favor, you could receive an award of damages to help defray your financial losses, and perhaps some peace as you find a new way forward.

Source:, "Coping with Behavior Problems after Head Injury," accessed Nov. 5, 2017

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