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Balance issues could impact your life after a TBI

Balance often plays an important role in people's lives. Some individuals may think of creating a work-life balance when this topic comes to mind, but physical balance is also important in life. Without it, you may struggle with simple tasks or find yourself feeling suddenly disoriented, which can prove unsettling.

Unfortunately, many individuals have trouble with balance after suffering a traumatic brain injury. You may have recently suffered this type of injury after a car accident, and you could still be finding ways that that injury has affected your life. When it come to your balance, you may understandably have concerns.

Importance of balance

Your physical balance allows you to control your body and carry out various movements, even those that many individuals take for granted, like walking. Most people -- yourself included -- may not give much conscious thought to adjusting their balance in various scenarios, but now that you have suffered a TBI, your lack of balance may be putting the importance of this ability into perspective.

Without proper balance, you could easily have trouble sitting, standing, walking and carrying out tasks. Additionally, you could face a high risk of falling, which may result in your suffering further injury. You may even lose the ability to drive and work because of your balance issues.

Causes of balance problems

Many factors could impact the severity of balance problems after suffering a TBI. The seriousness of the injury itself, the affected area of the brain and other injuries that may have occurred as a result of the accident could all play roles. Other factors that may affect your balance include the following:

  • Medications
  • Inner ear issues
  • Brainstem damage
  • Vision problems
  • Blood pressure changes
  • Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues

Depending on your specific situation, your balance problems may be caused by any of these mentioned factors or others associated with your TBI.

Addressing financial impacts of these issues

As mentioned, your TBI and resulting balance issues could result in your inability to work at your South Carolina job or find gainful employment. This issue along with others could leave you facing a substantial amount of financial hardship. Therefore, you may want to consider your legal options for seeking compensation. If another driver caused the car accident that led to your TBI, you may want to explore the option of filing a personal injury claim against that person in order to pursue recompense.

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