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How a Brain Injury Can Affect a Person’s Life

Published on Oct 16, 2020 at 9:20 am in Brain Injury.

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Any kind of physical injury can have an impact on a person’s life. Bruises, sprains, and broken bones to any body part can be painful and take time to heal. However, those types of injuries are likely to eventually heal and allow you to get back to your normal life. But a brain injury might not heal the same way, and you could never get back to how you were before the injury.

When you suffer from a brain injury as the result of someone else’s negligence, you shouldn’t have to worry about the costs associated with your recovery. These injuries can be debilitating and life-changing, so the person who caused your injury should be held accountable for their actions. Your Cincinnati brain injury lawyer from Thomas Law Offices can help you recover financially from your injuries while you focus on recovering physically and emotionally.

Symptoms of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries range in severity and can be anywhere from mild to debilitating. According to an article published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have serious consequences and can negatively impact a person’s life. Symptoms could be lasting effects of a brain injury, and could last months or years before healing, if they ever heal.

It’s important to recognize the symptoms of a brain injury so that you can get medical treatment as soon as you see the symptoms surfacing. It’s also important to know the symptoms so you can better understand brain injuries and how they can affect a person’s life. Here are some of the ways that brain injuries present themselves, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Noise and light sensitivity
  • Fatigue
  • Balance problems
  • Irritability or otherwise emotional
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping

These symptoms might be apparent as soon as the injury occurs, or they could take days, weeks, or longer to surface. It’s important to be evaluated as soon as you suspect you’ve had a brain injury or as soon as you see symptoms so you can begin treatment and the healing process.

Lasting Effects of a Brain Injury

Most people recover from their TBI because most of these brain injuries are mild. Unfortunately, though, more severe brain injuries could leave lasting effects that impact a person’s everyday life.

The symptoms above can persist if a brain injury isn’t treated properly, if the injury is severe enough that it can’t be treated, or if the person reinjures their brain while they are still recovering from the initial injury. According to the CDC, a brain injury can cause lasting effects on a person’s thinking, sensations, language, and emotion, and the victim could never return to their normal way of life.

In a study done by the CDC, five years after an injury to the brain, 26 percent of patients improved, 22 percent stayed the same, 30 percent got worse, and 22 percent died. 57 percent of those injured became moderately or severely disabled, and 33 percent rely on others for help with everyday tasks.

While some symptoms and effects are short-term, some last longer, and potentially for the rest of the injured person’s life. Here are some ways that a brain injury can affect a person’s life if it is left untreated or if it is unable to be treated:

  • Loss of brain or motor function
  • Seizures
  • Infections
  • Permanent disability
  • Inability to work
  • Unable to perform household duties
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Financial hardship
  • Decreased life expectancy

If you are suffering from a brain injury, you should get medical help right away. When you’re in the healing process, make sure to get plenty of rest, be careful, and don’t push yourself too hard. Your brain needs time to recover, so the best way to allow that to happen is by taking your time and letting yourself heal. Listen to your doctor and make sure to follow your treatment plan for your best chance at recovery.

Contact Thomas Law Offices in Cincinnati, OH

An injury to the brain can cause debilitating effects that impact the rest of your life. When you suffered that brain injury because of someone else’s negligence, like in a car accident or a slip and fall accident, then you shouldn’t have to deal with the costs that you accumulate from that injury.

Our experienced Cincinnati brain injury lawyer from Thomas Law Offices will provide you with legal representation to ensure that you get justice for the pain that this injury has caused for you and your family. We’ll look deep into the case to determine what you’re owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

We know that this is a tough time for you and your family, and that you might feel like filing a claim adds too much to your plate. That’s why we’ll handle the legal side of things for you so that you can get justice in a timely manner and within the statute of limitations while you can take all the time you need to heal. Reach out to us today so we can get started on your potential case.