Some studies show that depression may be a symptom of traumatic brain injury. According to some medical experts, people in Florida and across the nation who have experienced a TBI might be two to five times more likely to develop depression than the general population. While depression that results from TBI can be treated with medication and therapy, it is important to do so in the context of the overall TBI treatment.
Many TBIs are caused by motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries or falls. Physical symptoms might include numbness, headaches and a lack of coordination. Cognitive problems can include memory loss, confusion and mood swings.
Rehabilitation must address all these issues. While treatment begins in the hospital, it may continue at a rehabilitation facility and in an outpatient capacity. Untreated depression can have a serious impact on a person’s recovery. Symptoms may include fatigue, loss of appetite and difficulty in thinking.
A person who suffers a brain injury as the result of an accident might need extensive rehabilitation. They may face a long-term or even permanent lifestyle change. This could be costly, and the person might want to file a lawsuit against the individual responsible for the injury.
For example, a lawsuit could be filed against a careless driver or the owner of a piece of property where a fall occurred. For a young person injured while playing a sport, the school or organization in charge of the managing the league might be responsible. Compensation may help cover the costs of medical care and lost income.