Any severe injury can pose a viable threat to one’s quality of life, although many injuries are only physical in nature. When the brain suffers significant trauma, disease, or similar damage, it can affect a person’s life on multiple levels. Depending on the area and type of damage, a brain injury can result in impaired functions such as memory, decision-making, mood, behavior, and even sleep. As a result of this degraded quality of life, accidents that result in brain injuries should be carefully scrutinized in regard to how they occurred and whether another party’s negligence is to blame.
If you are the victim of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the central Florida area, let an experienced personal injury attorney look into your case. If someone else is indeed at fault for your injury, you deserve to be compensated for the damages that result from it.
The Effects of TBI
Traumatic brain injury is an umbrella term used to describe a number of injuries that impact the brain on a significant level. The type of injury and its location in the brain varies among individuals, but most TBIs have significant long-term effects on a physical, cognitive, and/or emotional level:
- Physical effects: Brain injuries may impact any of the five senses, balance and coordination, fine motor skills, breathing, heart rate, speech, energy, and sleep patterns. Frequent headaches are another common complaint of TBI victims.
- Cognitive effects: TBI may hinder one’s ability to concentrate, recall information, make decisions, and perform certain problem-solving tasks. Adults may find that they have lost or inhibited mental skills, whereas children with still-developing brains are stunted or delayed in their mental growth. In fact, brain injury is the leading cause of disability and death in children across the country.
- Emotional effects: TBI may alter one’s mood or behavior as well, possibly causing an increase in mood swings, irritability, and reckless or harmful behavior.
The types of effects are largely dependent on which part of the brain has been affected. Whereas the cerebellum lobe is concerned with balance and visual perception, for instance, the frontal lobe is more strongly correlated with personality, organization, and awareness.
TBI and Quality-of-life
TBI is unique in its potential to impact nearly every aspect of a person’s life. Even moderate TBIs can have long-term effects that cannot be fully rehabilitated. On a physical level, victims may find themselves having difficulty performing otherwise basic tasks: dizziness, fatigue, incontinence, and headaches are just a few of the effects that can impact one’s day-to-day routine. Perhaps even more distressingly, TBI victims may suffer mood disorders that effectively prevent them from acting like themselves. This can put a strain on one’s professional and personal life, even when loved ones understand what has happened to cause such a change.
In response to these impairments, sufferers of TBI often seek out various forms of treatment. Visits to the doctor, assisted living, and physical therapy may help with physical effects, whereas therapy and medication may be recommended for emotional effects. In some cases, these treatments are permanent, seeing as the effects of TBI may persist indefinitely.
Compensation for Damages
Because of the pervasive effects of TBI, treatment may require substantial expenses. Ongoing therapy, medication, or similar assistance can put a huge financial burden on a person or their family, further adding to their stress and suffering. If the injury was the result of another’s negligence, there is no reason why the victim should be left to pay for their own damages. Moreover, financial compensation can hardly make up for the damage already caused, not to mention whatever effects will persist.
Rather than navigate the legal process on your own, allow our legal team to fight for you. We will gather a plethora of evidence and consult experts who can testify on your behalf, awarding you the compensation you deserve.
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If you believe an accident has caused you or a loved one serious harm, and you wish to pursue compensation for your damages, call or email our office to speak with an expert.