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Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms and How TBI Can Change Your Behavior

The brain performs an intricate role in all bodily functions, so it is no surprise that if the brain is damaged it could significantly affect your behavioral and emotional state of mind. For example, the frontal lobe is responsible for your personality and if it is damaged then there is a great possibility that you may experience significant changes in your personality.

Some people with brain injuries may experience bursts of anger or aggression and may even have social anxiety or awkwardness. If you have experienced a brain injury, please contact the experienced brain injury lawyers at West Coast Trial Lawyers to discuss your case.

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Changes in Mood 

For some people with a brain injury, it can become difficult to control their emotions. From the outside, a person in the middle of such a moment can come across as unpredictable and explosive. However, a person with a brain injury may feel as though they are on an emotional rollercoaster when they are undergoing unexplained outbursts or mood swings.

Though it may be difficult to understand the emotions of a person who is suffering from a brain injury, it is important not to blame them or make them feel bad for their idiosyncrasies. Dealing with a brain injury is not easy, because the person with the injury might not even recognize much less understand the changes affecting them.

Treatment for TBI Patient Behavior

If you or your loved one is suffering from a brain injury, consulting a neuropsychologist or behavioral therapist is a good place to start with treatment. They can help with brain injury recovery strategies, such as learning to breathe deeply when you feel you are angry to redirect your thoughts and actions to more positive choices. A behavioral therapist can also help the victim learn techniques to control their uncontrollable outbursts. Controlled breathing or taking short breaks throughout the day can greatly assist with emotional management.

Listed below are a few tips on how to control emotional outbursts:

  • Be open and honest about your lack of behavioral control.
  • Learn your emotional triggers and how to avoid them.
  • Share your triggers with your closest family and friends.
  • Hold yourself accountable for inappropriate actions, whether they’re involuntary or not.
  • Avoid stressful situations and places that may trigger an emotional reaction.
  • Get therapy and join a support group.
  • Release stress through meditation and exercise.

Available Damages

Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.

Economic Damages
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.

A few examples of economic losses include:

  • Loss of Earning Capacity
  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages

Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Punitive Damages
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.

Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.

West Coast Trial Lawyers Can Fight Your Case 

If your loved one has suffered a brain injury due to the negligent actions of another individual, West Coast Trial Lawyers has brain injury attorneys that focus on complex litigation, including catastrophic injuries to the brain. Our attorneys will provide you with legal advice, guidance, and handle every aspect of your case.

We offer a free, no-obligation consultation. No fees are paid until we win your case. Reach out to our staff 24/7 by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected]


If you have been injured in an accident, you can count on the legal team at West Coast Trial Lawyers to fight for your rights every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
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