How Sleep Disorders Interact With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Lack of proper sleep often has negative consequences apart from the other symptoms of your brain injury. Sleep disorders sadly come with an increased risk for heart problems, memory issues, and weight gain. Of course, if you can’t sleep, eventually, you won’t be able to work either.

It only takes a short period of insomnia before it is no longer safe for you to operate equipment or even drive yourself to appointments. Considering the other extreme ways a traumatic brain injury can interfere with your daily life, any of these sleep problems can quickly compound into an unsustainable situation.

Seeking medical help and ensuring all your symptoms are properly documented by your doctor should be a priority after any accident with a brain injury. It’s crucial to start a paper trail on your medical issues, including any TBI related sleep problems, to use in court and when negotiating with the insurance company.

Treatments for disorders that start after an accident may involve sleep studies, medications, behavioral and diet changes, and therapies like using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine at night. Your brain injury attorney can help ensure all your sleep issues are considered in any possible settlement, in addition to other effects from the injury. Personal injury compensation after a serious accident resulting in sleep disruptions may cover damages like:

  • Bills for medical costs such as hospital stays, surgeries, sleep studies, etc.
  • Out-of-pocket costs while traveling to seek treatment.
  • Pain, suffering, and other emotional and cognitive impacts stemming from the brain injury.
  • Property damage if your TBI occurred in a vehicle wreck.
  • Wages you lost while recovering, and in some cases lost earning capacity if your brain injury symptoms prevent you from working anymore.


Kevin W. Mottley
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Richmond, VA trial lawyer dedicated to handling brain injuries, car accidents and other serious injury claims