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What to Do if You’ve Suffered Brain Injury

Brain injury refers to traumatic damage or destruction of brain tissue; it can come as a result of many things. The most common causes are accidents, gunshots, assault, car crash etc. the effect this will have is that it can affect your ability to fully use your brain.

Legally speaking brain injury will result in a number of issues such as,

  • Who will be the person in charge of making the victim’s medical decisions?
  • What caused the injuries? Or the circumstances that led to injury.
  • Where did the injury occur? Is it on private property, workplace etc.
  • Is the injury short term or long term?
  • Insurance issues

When a person suffers brain injury especially at the work place, it is very important to speak to an attorney to get legal direction. Remember brain injury will have both short term and long term effects; this means that even if symptoms don’t appear now they can appear later on and affect your ability to make a living or live comfortably.

Signs of brain injury

Depending on the severity of the injuries, there may be swelling, loss of awareness, coma, minimal conscious state or a vegetative state.

Other signs of brain injury are

  • Memory problems/confusion
  • Balance problems/dizziness
  • Behavior changes
  • Communication problems
  • Loss of muscle tones, weakness
  • Tremors
  • Severe headaches
  • Sleep problems

Learn how to manage the new condition

It is important to note that the brain is divided into five major sections namely, the cerebral lobe, temporal lobe, frontal lobe, occipital lobe and the parietal lobe. This means that the effects the injuries have will depend on what’s damaged.

For example, if a person’s temporal lobe is damaged the result can be impaired memory or if a person’s frontal lobe is damaged the victim’s motor skills e.g. hand eye coordination will be affected.

It is normal for people who have suffered brain injury to go through confusion and agitation, denial, depression/ anger and finally acceptance.

Moving on

Once the person has accepted his or her new condition it is important to move on, moving on means that the person has to learn to cope with the new condition. Depending on the amount of damage the person suffered, he or she will have to make necessary significant changes in the way they live.

The person also needs support from the people around him/her and professionals; the importance of seeking professional help is to help the victim reach his or her potential. For instance, the professional can carry out psychovocational tests on the victim to determine his or her strengths or weaknesses and match the person with the most suitable occupation.

Brain injury affects a person in many ways; it can affect your ability to do simple things such as driving, talking or even walking. Therefore if the injury was not your own fault it is advised that you take legal action such as a negligence claim.

If someone is responsible for your brain injury you should file a lawsuit or seek compensation from your insurer. But before you do anything make sure that you talk to a legal professional.

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