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Can a head injury from a crash impact behavior?

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2022 | Car Accident

Head injuries are among the most common injuries that a victim may suffer after a crash. Brain trauma is still not well understood by the medical community, but studies and research help doctors know what to roughly expect with brain damage.

For example, head injuries can actually impact a victim’s behavior in the aftermath of the incident. How does this manifest, and why does it happen?

Area of injury versus effects

According to Mayo Clinic, head injuries received in car crashes can change a person’s behavior depending on the amount of damage inflicted and the area of the brain that received it.

Damage to the frontal lobe typically has the most notable impact on behavior and even personality. This is due to the things this area of the brain regulates: specifically emotional regulation and impulse control.

People with damage to this area will often grow more impulsive and rash and can seem easier to anger or agitate than before. This is often a difficult adjustment for loved ones of the victim to make, especially if such behavior is extremely out of character.

Trouble with emotional dysregulation

Due to the emotional dysregulation, victims also often cannot cope with stress in the way they once could. This can lead to emotional breakdowns such as crying, having anxiety attacks or lashing out at others. It may occur over even the smallest of stressors.

Of course, this can make living life a difficult task, which is why many victims of brain trauma will seek compensation to help make up for any money lost through healthcare or job risk.