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Recognizing Traumatic Brain Injury Behaviors

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can manifest itself in a variety of ways, depending on the location of the injury inside of the brain. Each part of the brain controls a different emotion and/ or action and damage to an individual section can result in specific behaviors or inabilities to function. The following are common behaviors associated with specific TBIs.

The Frontal Lobe – The frontal lobe is the area of the brain behind the forehead. It is responsible for emotions and determines your individual personality. It also controls spontaneity and sexual behaviors. When the frontal lobe is injured, the individual may demonstrate changes in their social interactions and inhibitions. A high level of intolerance or overly aggressive behavior are also common with frontal lobe TBIs.

The Temporal Lobe – The temporal lobes of the brain are located on the sides of the head above the ears. The right and left temporal lobes work in conjunction to process auditory and visual information. When a TBI affects the temporal lobe, there may be significant long term or short term memory loss. The injured party may also demonstrate unprovoked aggressive behaviors and an ability to relearn social acceptable behaviors. According to the Betty Clooney Center, damage to the right temporal lobe can lead to persistent talking.

Limbic System – The limbic system is deep inside of the brain and it is a significant part of your body’s nervous system. It regulates your hunger, thirst and sexual satisfaction. It is also essential to regulating pulse and blood pressure. A TBI in this area can manifest itself as distorted emotions. Problems with balance and movement may also present themselves, as well as breathing and speaking problems.

Parietal Lobe – The parietal lobe is found near the top and back of the head. It is vital to the processing of bodily information. One part of the parietal lobe handles cognition and self perception, while the other perceives the world around you. When it is damaged, resulting behaviors include right and left confusion, which may affect the ability to write and complete mathematical equations. Increased clumsiness and the inability to identify objects by touch are also common issues. The injured party may also begin neglecting the side of the body that is opposite to the location of the parietal lobe.

Occipital Lobes – The occipital lobes are located at the end of the cortex. Their main function is vision and damage to these areas can cause vision loss. An inability to recognize movements or colors is also common with a TBO to this area. The injured party may also experience hallucinations.

Cerebellum – Located at the base of the skull, a TBI to the cerebellum can restrict the ability to walk and grab objects.

All of these resulting TBI effects are serious and may leave injured parties with years of pain and suffering. When these injuries happen based on the fault of another, an experienced attorney can help ensure that financial responsibility is taken.

If you or a loved suffers with a severe brain injury at the hands of another, contact the experienced attorneys of Levin & Perconti at (312) 332-2872 for a free consultation.

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