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Life After a Brain Injury

8 Ways a Brain Injury Can Change Your Life Forever

A damaged brain can drastically affect any part of the body. Those who suffer from a brain injury are often found dealing with numerous obstacles that prevent them from performing certain day-to-day activities. Brain injuries can be temporary or permanent depending on how badly the brain was damaged from the impact. Services are offered to those who have a brain injury, such as procedures or therapy, to help improve their quality of life. 

Recovery may vary depending on whether the brain injury is classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Each type of injury requires different treatments. To diagnose the severity of brain damage, patients are typically told to get a computerized tomography (CT) scan or MRI done. 

Below, we will go further into detail of how brain injury impacts a person’s life and what symptoms to look out for. If your brain injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim for damages. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our experienced brain injury attorneys are readily available to assist victims of personal injury. With our track record of winning more than $1 billion in settlements for our clients, we are confident that we will deliver a good outcome to your case.

To schedule a free consultation, please contact our 24/7 legal team by calling (213) 927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form.

How a Brain Injury Can Affect Your Life

Victims that suffer from a brain injury are expected to endure a variety of issues. Any moderate or severe damage done to the brain can result in traumatic brain injury. Some may even become permanently disabled.  

Examples of common disabilities and motor deficits an individual may suffer from include: 

  • Paralysis. This may occur depending on what part of your brain was injured. Symptoms include difficulty in seeing, walking, or talking. 
  • Having trouble trying to remember or think about something. A short-term memory problem is a common effect after a brain injury. You will need to come up with a strategic plan to help yourself remember certain things, such as people’s names or your daily life agenda. Another symptom is not recognizing any inappropriate thoughts or behaviors you exhibit. 
  • Vision issues. This may include rapid eye movement, field cut, near-sightedness, and double vision. 
  • Hearing issues. This generally happens if your brain sustains a mechanical or neurological injury. 
  • Lack of social skills. There could be poor concentration when it comes to having conversations with other individuals. Others may misunderstand the situation and believe that the victim is deliberately being rude, but that is certainly not the case. 
  • Difficulty sleeping. The victim may have sleeping problems that can affect their sleep-wake cycle. Lack of sleep can result in drowsiness and low energy.
  • Behavioral problems. There could be rapid mood changes, with some being severe and others being more moderate. Depression is one of the common outcomes that a brain injury victim tends to show.
  • Sexual changes. This may increase or decrease sexual drive or contribute in making the victim express sexually inappropriate behavior. 
  • Headaches. These are one of the most common effects of a brain injury. If it continues to become more severe, contact your doctor to get it checked out right away.

Additional Symptoms of Brain Injury

The brain is considered as the most powerful organ in the human body. It commands your memories, thoughts, emotions, motor skills, vision, touch, hunger, breathing, and temperature. Any serious damage done to the brain can affect multiple areas in your body. This is primarily why you can suffer from several symptoms after damaging your brain. 

Symptoms for brain injury include the following. 

Physical 

  • Chronic pain,
  • Seizures, 
  • Inability to control bowel or bladder activity,
  • Change in appetite, or
  • Trouble maintaining regular body temperature.

Cognitive 

  • Being confused,
  • Struggling to process language, or
  • Processing things slowly.

Vision

  • Having partial or full loss of vision, 
  • Blurred vision, 
  • Difficulties seeing from afar, 
  • Nystagmus, 
  • Photophobia, or 
  • Diplopia. 

Sensory

  • Trouble differentiating the physical feeling of touch and pressure,
  • Struggling to move arms and legs, or
  • Having difficulties with the five senses, which are touch, smell, taste, hearing, and sight.

Hearing

  • Being more sensitive to sounds or 
  • Experiencing ringing in the ears. This is called tinnitus. 

Behavioral 

  • Aggressive behavior,
  • Mixed emotions,
  • Dependent behavior,
  • No sign of motivation for doing activities, 
  • Irritation, or 
  • Lack of recognition.

Smell and Taste 

  • Decrease in sense of taste or 
  • Having bad taste in your mouth. 

West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help 

If you or a loved one were the victim of brain injury due to negligent acts committed by another individual, our skilled brain injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. 

We offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. No fees are paid until your case has been settled. Reach out to our 24/7 legal team by calling (213) 927-3700 or filling out our quick contact form.

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