Life After a Brain Injury
8 Ways a Brain Injury Can Change Your Life Forever
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.
- Chronic pain,
- Inability to control bowel or bladder activity,
- Change in appetite, or
- Trouble maintaining regular body temperature.
- Being confused,
- Struggling to process language, or
- Processing things slowly.
- Having partial or full loss of vision,
- Blurred vision,
- Difficulties seeing from afar,
- Photophobia, or
- 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.
- Being more sensitive to sounds or
- Experiencing ringing in the ears. This is called tinnitus.
- 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.
Accidents happen. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Below is a brief explanation of damages. Damages are a type of monetary award that is determined by a court of law to help compensate an aggrieved individual for any losses or injuries sustained as a result of someone’s negligence.
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for losses that a dollar amount can readily be attached to. Economic damages are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of their injuries.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are essentially intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective and will not necessarily cover out-of-pocket losses. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact were only incorporated in 5 percent of all verdicts.
Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
West Coast Trial Lawyers Is Here to Help
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious head injury from an accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced brain injury attorneys that will help you get maximum compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. There are no financial risks involved when using our services.
We also offer a free, no-obligation consultation at our firm. Fees are not charged until we win your case. You can reach our friendly staff today by calling (213) 927-3700 or emailing [email protected].