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Brain Injury and Aggression

By William Chanfrau, Jr. on February 22, 2019

X-rays of a person's brainHead trauma can traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have lasting effects on you mental state and physical wellness. There are numerous long-term repercussions of even just a single concussion, putting you at risk for mood disorders and other unfortunate effects on your emotions. This is why our Daytona Beach, FL catastrophic personal injury and head trauma lawyers take these cases so seriously.

The legal team here at Chanfrau & Chanfrau would like to consider how brain injuries can lead to long-term issues with aggression, anger, and rage. We will then note how these matters can be addressed through professional help, and why they need to be taken into account in personal injury cases.

Studies on Increased Aggression

A study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences found that aggression after a TBI was prevalent among 28.4 percent of study participants. The aggression tended to be verbal aggression rather than physical aggression. The same study noted that estimates for post-TBI aggression suggested it was somewhere between 11 percent to 34 percent prevalent.

How Brain Injuries Affect Moods and Emotions

The brain is a complex organ, and any trauma to the head could affect different parts of the brain. If a brain injury affects the frontal lobe, temporal lobes, amygdala, or hippocampus, it could lead to changes and disruptions in personality. A tendency for verbal attacks, volatile emotions, and poor impulse control may be the result of a brain injury.

The anger can vary from person to person. It could involve sudden feelings of anger coming unexpectedly, angry responses to minor events, angry outbursts and episodes, and increased sensations of anger when under stress.

Managing Anger and Aggression

While these outbursts of aggression after a brain injury can be challenging and even the source of further anger, there are ways that it can be managed professionally. Working with a therapist or counselor can help people recognize the reasons for their anger, process why their aggression occurred, and find better outlets for thee feelings.

Dealing with Additional Changes After a Brain Injury

In addition to aggression, brain injuries can also lead to changes in emotion, memory loss, changes in muscle control and physical ability, and so forth. These can all trigger feelings of frustration and anger as a person recognizes the changes they have experienced.

Again, working with a therapist is one of the key ways to address these matters. New strategies for coping and finding healthy outlets for negative emotions can help manage aggression and other problems linked to brain injuries.

What This Means for Your Personal Injury Case

Mental health services and regular therapy sessions can be costly. That’s why in addition to medical bills for physical injuries and property damage, we will seek compensation for your mental health needs. We can estimate the cost of the long-term care you will require to manage aggression, holding the party who was responsible for your injury accountable for your mental health and psychological wellness needs.

Speak with Our Injury Accident Attorneys

For more information about your legal rights following a serious injury, be sure to contact our team of personal injury and accident lawyers. The legal team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau is here to help. You can reach us by phone in Daytona Beach at (866) 610-0653, and our office in Palm Coast at (386) 439-7760.

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