Traumatic brain injuries can have far-reaching impacts in many different areas of your life. While prompt treatment is crucial to the recovery process, there is no guarantee that early detection and medical treatment will result in a full recovery. Your ability to recover will vary based on the specifics of your injury.
It's important to understand that there is no "typical" brain injury patient. Every head injury is unique and results in different symptoms. Therefore, any discussion of the long-term impacts of a traumatic brain injury must be framed as "potential" impacts. Your long-term prognosis will be based on a variety of factors, including:
- The severity of your brain injury
- The specific location of your brain injury
- Your body's innate ability to heal
- The types of functions impacted by your head injury
- The timing and quality of the treatment you receive
- The number of prior brain injuries, if any
Potential Cognitive Impacts of Traumatic Brain Injury
A moderate or severe traumatic brain injury is often associated with a variety of issues that can impact your cognitive ability. Many of the functions impacted involve the ability to process large amounts of information. These may include:
- Your ability to maintain focus or attention
- Your ability to concentrate
- Your ability to learn and remember new material
- Your short-term and long-term memory
Often, brain injury victims find that they think, speak and solve problems more slowly than they did prior to the injury. It is also common to struggle to grasp abstract principles required to apply prior knowledge to new situations. This may result in feelings of confusion or frustration.
Potential Mood and Behavior Impacts of Traumatic Brain Injury
In some instances, the areas of the brain that control social-emotional processing may be damaged during a brain injury. This can potentially result in personality changes after the injury. Some of these changes may include:
- An increased risk of depression
- Inability to speak or act tactfully
- Mood swings
- Aggressive tendencies
- Lack of inhibitions
- Motivation issues
- Inability to alter your behavior based on the specifics of a situation
These issues can impact the daily lives of the brain injury victim's loved ones as well.
Potential Sensory and Perception Impacts of Traumatic Brain Injury
You may experience changes to your senses and the way you perceive things. These may include:
- Blurry vision
- Inability to track visual material
- Reduction in the size of your visual field
- Reduced depth perception
- Changes to your ability to hear, smell or taste
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty processing interpersonal bodily space
- Balance issues
- Sensation of vertigo
Other Potential Impacts of Brain Injury
Severe traumatic brain injuries can also result in other health-related issues, including:
- Loss of bladder and bowel functions
- Loss of function of certain bodily systems
The Jensen Phelan Law Firm Can Help
If you've suffered a brain injury caused by the negligence of another, it's crucial that you seek legal help at once. The potential long-term impacts of a brain injury can require costly medical treatments and rehabilitation. In some instances, this treatment may be required for the rest of your life. In addition, your brain injury may limit your ability to earn a living, especially if cognitive deficits prevent you from performing many job-related duties. These financial burdens can become crippling to you and your family.
The attorneys at the Jensen Phelan Law Firm over 50 years of combined experience handling brain injury cases. We understand the unique medical principles associated with these complex cases, and we understand the long term burdens the come along with a traumatic brain injury. Our attorneys will fight aggressively to maximize the value of your compensation so that you can get the assistance necessary to make the fullest recovery possible.
Contact our Prescott Brain Injury Lawyers
Please contact The Jensen Law Firm using the form on this page or call 928-778-2660 today to schedule a free brain injury consultation. We serve clients in Prescott, Cottonwood and throughout Northern Arizona.