If you hit your head in a car accident on Virginia State Route 337 or a slip and fall accident at the Norfolk Scope Arena, you may suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI)—an injury that may result in a variety of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social effects. The outcome of a TBI can vary, ranging from a complete recovery to permanent disability.
One of the damaging effects of a TBI is depression, which can result from the injury itself or develop as the victim tries to deal with the aftermath of the accident. Some of the common symptoms of depression are as follows:
- Sadness – Dealing with the stress or drama that follows an accident may include some sadness. However, sadness should not be a permanent feeling. If it lasts for a longer-than-normal period, the victim may be depressed.
- Frustration – Many people who suffer from depression become irritable and easily frustrated. The slightest thing, that was once no big deal, can set them off.
- Appetite change – Depending on the person, appetite may increase or decrease. Rapid changes in weight may be a sign of depression.
- Diminished self-esteem – Self-esteem may diminish as depression sets in. The accident victim may even start to blame himself for the accident and resulting injury.
If any of these signs of depression describe you, discuss your feelings with your doctor. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent property owner or driver, contact our office to schedule a free case evaluation. Let us take the legal burden from your shoulders so that you can focus on your recovery.