Can a Person Lose Empathy After Sustaining a TBI?

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Do you have a loved one in your life who seems different after suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Over the last few decades, researchers have established that the loss of one’s ability to recognize and empathize with the feelings of others can diminish after suffering a TBI. Unfortunately, this can have a devastating impact on the family due to the emotional tension that tends to arise in these situations. 

Emotional & Behavioral Changes After a TBI

A person with a TBI will often go through various emotional and behavioral changes. For example, you may notice your loved one gets angrier much easier than they used to or acts more aggressively than they did prior to their injury. Another common problem researchers identified is that TBIs are also linked to issues recognizing others’ emotions, as well as an inability to share another’s feelings. According to the research, the prevalence rates of issues with emotional recognition and decreased empathy are 39% and 60%.

Helping a Loved One with a TBI

While clinicians are still working on new methods to evaluate emotion recognition and empathy in patients with TBI, support from families can go a long way in helping loved ones improve in this particular area. Families can explain to their loved ones the different ways they have changed since sustaining their injury and then set goals for rehabilitation.

Research from the Netherlands shows that family member participation combined with recognition and empathic response treatment can aid in a person’s recovery. The best thing family members can do for a loved one with a TBI is to try to be more direct and explicit when communicating their emotions and expectations. Combing all of these efforts can reduce stress and improve the overall recovery process.

Why You Need an Attorney for a TBI Injury

If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury, then you need to consult with an experienced lawyer to determine if you are eligible to recover financial compensation for your damages. However, choosing the right lawyer to represent your best interests should not be taken lightly. When you retain Scarlett Law Group to handle your TBI case, you can feel confident knowing we will work with you each step of the way so that you and your family gain a better understanding of how your life might be impacted by your injury. We have secured multimillion dollar verdicts on behalf of clients, and we are ready to put our skills to work for you today.

To find out more about your rights if you file a TBI claim, call us at (415) 688-2176 to request a consultation with a member of our legal team.

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