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How Is Life Different After a Traumatic Brain Injury?

March 18, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

As a part of its support of National Brain Injury Month, the Huffington Post has invited a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor to write a series of articles to help educate the public on what life is like after suffering a brain injury. In the TBI survivor’s latest post, she wrote about things that every TBI survivor wants others to understand, including:

  • TBI survivors’ brains no longer work the same – they struggle to find the right word, forget what they had for breakfast and have to try harder than others to pay attention.
  • Brain injury sufferers are more susceptible to fatigue – their brains need more rest than healthy brains and their condition can cause them to slip into odd sleep patterns, like sleeping only three hours a night for three days and 14 hours a night the next three days.
  • Following a brain injury, survivors live with fear and anxiety – they are afraid of suffering another brain injury, leading to anxiety, panic attacks and struggles just to get out of bed in the morning.
  • Chronic pain becomes a way of life after suffering a brain injury – they often have to deal with other catastrophic injuries they suffered in the incident that led to their TBI, such as neck injuries, broken bones and migraines.
  • After suffering a TBI, survivors often feel alone – they can suffer sensory overload when they’re out, such as going to a restaurant with a lot of people talking, varying bright and dim lights and several TVs on at the same time, which can be too much for them to handle.

How Can an Attorney Help Me Prove Someone Else’s Mistake Caused My Brain Injury?

In the video above, injury lawyer Julie Kane explains how an attorney can help a TBI survivor prove negligence led to his or her injury. To learn more about TBI cases, visit our traumatic brain injury information page.

Did You Know? On average, 1.5 million head injuries happen in the US every year, according to the Brain Trauma Foundation.

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