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What are the long-term consequences of a brain injury?

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2022 | Injuries |

Traumatic brain injuries can make life challenging, and those challenges can sometimes last a lifetime. These injuries can affect every aspect of life, including physical, mental and emotional capabilities. Finding ways to cope with these effects can be difficult. 

People with traumatic brain injuries might have a team of medical professionals caring for them. The area of the brain that’s damaged determines what types of effects the person has to deal with. 

Right side versus left side

An injury to the right side of the brain is more likely to cause issues with the ability to perform tasks you do regularly and trouble processing visual information. One to the left side of the brain will likely lead to problems with communication and logic. It’s possible that a person can suffer a contra coupe injury, which means that both sides of the brain are damaged with the damage on the direct opposite location. 

Global effects

Some effects of a traumatic brain injury are common, regardless of where the damage occurs. These include:

  • Paralysis
  • Trouble with balance
  • Headaches
  • Memory loss
  • Seizures
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Mood swings
  • Problems with communication

The issues that come with a brain injury can make it difficult to hold a job that enables you to support yourself. This comes when bills due to the necessary treatments might start to pile up. Finding a way to cover the bills is a priority. A personal injury claim might be in order if the injury resulted from a person’s negligence. If the injury was work-related, workers’ compensation would provide benefits that include medical care. Time limits apply to all claims, so act quickly.