A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can manifest in many ways, sometimes in ways that are completely unpredictable. According to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) research, it might even be possible that a brain injury can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
Typical symptoms of PTSD include:
- Agitation, irritability, and hostility
- Self-destructive behavior
- Depression and anxiety
- Loss of affect and emotions
- Insomnia and night terrors
It is no coincidence that many of the symptoms of PTSD are the same symptoms of a brain injury. This overlap suggests that PTSD can be caused by a TBI or, at the very least, it can be exacerbated by it.
However, PTSD symptoms do not accompany all brain injury diagnoses. There are clear cases when someone has a brain injury but not PTSD. How can the link between PTSD and a brain injury be proven, then?
Evidence Linking PTSD to a TBI
If you need to prove that your PTSD has been caused or worsened by a brain injury, then you need to be thorough with your self-care and treatments. Begin by scheduling regular psychotherapy sessions with a licensed professional. You may be recommended a therapist by your neurologist who diagnosed your TBI.
Your therapist may conclude that your physical brain injury has indeed triggered your PTSD, and their written evaluation can be used as proof of the connection. Be sure to always request copies of your therapist’s notes and diagnoses, so you can use them in your personal injury claim later. The same documents from your other medical providers can also be useful. For example, your primary care physician might have first noted that you are showing PTSD symptoms.
At home, you should keep a symptoms journal on your own. Record your behaviors and thought patterns at the end of each day before you go to sleep. Not only can a symptoms journal help map out how your brain injury has been affecting you beyond already known symptoms, but it can also help alleviate some stress caused by those symptoms.
You should also be certain to keep a clear record of the accident that caused your brain injury. If you were not at fault for your accident, then you can demand compensation from the liable party for any costs associated with your treatments, therapies, and other hardships caused by your PTSD.
Bring Your Evidence to an Attorney
Once you have compiled an informative stock of evidence that shows your PTSD symptoms have been caused or exacerbated by your brain injury, contact a local injury lawyer who accepts brain injury cases. They can review your findings to determine if the party liable for your accident should be met with a claim or lawsuit. Using their legal background, they can also help make an initial estimate about how much your brain injury-PTSD case might be worth. If you are owed compensation, then you should not hesitate to pursue it.
Pratt Clay, LLC helps people living with brain injuries and PTSD file claims against the parties that caused their hardship. If you live in or around Atlanta, Georgia, call our attorneys at 404-566-9460 to see how we can help with your case.