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Long-Term Impact On a Person Who Suffers a Brain Injury

by The Beasley Firm  |  July 29, 2019  |  

When someone suffers a brain injury, the initial impact can seem difficult to overcome, especially when you consider the effects of the actual damage. Immediate symptoms are bad, but it is often the long-term impact that is considered when navigating personal injury lawsuits.

For those injured, understanding how a brain injury can impact a life for a long time is important. It means you can seek the treatment necessary to recover as much as possible and seek compensation to help you live a life without the financial concerns of medical bills and lost wages.

Long-Term Cognitive and Memory Issues

Significant brain injuries can be damaging to the victim’s cognitive abilities which can include the victim’s reasoning ability, memory function, attention span, and language. Damage to cognitive function can also impact a person’s mental and physical health.

A traumatic brain injury can also impact the individual’s memory with both short and long-term memories at risk of being lost.

Changes In Behavior

Brain injuries can result in behavioral changes in which sudden mood swings are commonplace. This can include the following behaviors:

  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Depression

If you recognize your loved one experiencing any behavioral changes are seeming “not like themselves” after any kind of brain injury, be sure to speak with a doctor about what treatment may be available to them.

Physical Needs

Brain injuries often have a large impact on cognitive abilities, but there are physical effects of which you should be aware. This can include mobility problems, issues regarding sense of hearing, tough, smell, vision, and taste, and muscle tone. Coordination and balance may also be affected by the brain injury.

Medical Requirements

Traumatic brain injuries can leave victims seeking medical treatment often including tests, potential medications, therapy sessions, and in some cases, surgeries. Over time, this can become more than just a physical and emotional burden, but also a financial one.

Change in Lifestyle

Because a traumatic brain injury can impact an individual’s ability to use their arms or legs, impair speech, or cause loss of memory, it may require his or her loved one’s to alter their style of living. This can include running errands for the victim, helping them complete everyday tasks, or even altering the home in order to accommodate for the injury. This can cost a large amount of money, putting the family and victim in a difficult financial situation. Sports-related brain injuries, especially when left undiagnosed, can lead to complex legal and medical issues and cause even further damage to the victim's career in addition to their day-to-day lifestyle.

Lost Income

Perhaps the victim worked a normal job prior to the injury and made a decent income. Unfortunately, following the injury, they may be unable to complete the tasks they once did. This may lead to them losing their job, which means a loss in income. This is where a lawsuit against the negligent party can help.

At The Beasley Firm, our Philadelphia brain injury lawyers are on your side. We know how difficult this type of injury can be to sustain, and we work hard to help compensate you when your injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence.

Let us guide you through the complex process so you can focus on your recovery. We’re here to help. Contact us today.

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