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How a TBI can affect your cognition and your life

by | Feb 21, 2019 | Firm News |

Anyone’s life can change in an instant, and though you and most other Texas residents are likely well aware of that fact, you may not consider just how major certain changes could be or how fast that could come. One day you could have a successful career and enjoy playing sports, and the next, you may no longer have the ability to hold down a job or participate in activities you loved.

Unfortunately, this type of scenario is not uncommon. In fact, a traumatic brain injury could cause this outcome without a moment’s notice. Another driver could cause a car accident you did not see coming, and you could suffer a major brain injury before you know what is happening.

Effects on your life

Your brain controls your cognitive abilities, and those abilities play substantial parts in your everyday life. From being able to remember information to controlling yourself, cognitive function often determines your level of ability in certain scenarios.

If you suffer a traumatic brain injury, especially one that is severe, your cognition could suffer tremendously. In fact, activities you once found easy could become seemingly insurmountable, at least for a time. Some ways a TBI could affect your cognition and your life include the following examples:

  • Feeling restless and easily distracted
  • Having trouble completing multi-step tasks, like cooking
  • Making hasty decisions without good judgment
  • Having difficulty identifying problems
  • Struggling to grasp and process information
  • Needing more time to complete physical tasks, like getting dressed
  • Having problems communicating, whether verbally or non-verbally
  • Forgetting conversations or events
  • Struggling to learn new information
  • Not realizing when you have been insensitive or inconsiderate
  • Giving into impulses, including embarrassing or inappropriate behavior

As you can see, any of these issues could make it difficult or even impossible to carry on living the way you did before the accident and your subsequent TBI.

Getting help

Fortunately, medical treatment, therapy, rehabilitation and other actions could help you cope and improve after your injury. In addition to having the right medical help, you may also want to consider seeking legal help. After suffering such a major injury, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault for the injury-causing accident. Having an attorney on your side may help you better understand this option and work toward obtaining compensation for allowable damages.