The effects of a traumatic brain injury can be devastating for the person who suffers from the injury, as well as for his or her family and friends. Many people realize this, but don’t understand the full extent of the long term effects of traumatic brain injury. Tragically, this kind of injury can affect everything from behavior to sensory perceptions to physical coordination.
Recognizing Common Effects of Brain Injury
Changes in cognitive ability are one of the most significant and obvious effects of brain injuries. The severity of the brain injury can determine how pronounced or lasting the effects are. Frequently, however, people who have suffered from brain injuries experience problems with memory, ability to learn, attention span, communication skills, planning skills, and judgment.
Other traumatic brain injury effects are more physical; these include changes in perception and motor skills. Senses like eyesight and hearing may be diminished or a little distorted. This can lead to loss of balance, feelings of vertigo, and difficulty navigating everyday situations. People who have suffered from brain injuries can also have more trouble with motor control and coordination. Perceptions of pain may also be altered; some victims experience headaches or even phantom pain from impaired nerves.
Finally, changes in energy level and behavior will often occur. The victim may not perceive all of these, but family and friends definitely will. The changes in cognitive ability described above can manifest in the victim’s behavior in the form of anxiety, depression, or poor impulse control. Patterns of sleep and consciousness may be altered; some people who have suffered a brain injury may feel lethargic and drowsy throughout the day, while others will suffer from insomnia.
Coping with a Traumatic Brain Injury
Understanding the long term effects of traumatic brain injury can help both victims and those close to them learn to cope with the situation. The enduring effects of traumatic brain injury can require extensive lifestyle changes and treatment. This is one reason that it is so important for people who have sustained traumatic brain injuries to receive full compensation. Anyone who has experienced a traumatic brain injury should speak with an attorney about the available legal options. If you have suffered a brain injury in an accident that was someone else’s fault, call the Law Office of Eric Beasley at 615.859.2223 to schedule your free initial consultation.