We like to think that who we are as people is something built into us on some fundamental level, but over the last several decades, advances in the understanding of the brain have shown that even minor brain damage can seriously affect how we act and what we think, often to an alarming degree. If you recently suffered a blow to the head, you may notice that you are not acting like your normal self, and if so, you may have a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).
MIld TBIs can occur any time a person suffers a blow to the head, such as in a car accident or in contact sports. While we are very resilient as people, our brains are very complex and when they get a little shaken up, the results are often unpredictable.
Many victims of mild TBIs find that they experience many symptoms, like sudden outbursts of frustration that they cannot control. They may also find that the things they do for work are suddenly much more difficult than they were before the accident. This can easily lead to lots of miscommunication in the workplace, frustrating every member of the victim’s team.
In addition, the victim may find it is very difficult to understand the meaning of sentences they read or conversations they have with colleagues, friends and family. Some victims report that they understand the individual meanings of words, but can’t seem to put it all together the way that a writer or speaker intended.
These are only a few small examples of how a mild TBI can destroy any career, no matter what the field of work, and may even destroy family and friend relationships as well. If you recently suffered a blow to the head, make sure that you seek out professional medical care and consider all your legal options as soon as you can. Proper medical treatment can help you identify your injury and recover from it more quickly, while a strong legal strategy ensures that your rights remain protected while you work to get back to being yourself again.