Brain injuries are arguably the most serious and life altering injuries a person can suffer. Because the brain controls so many functions (physically and emotionally) and is not tested as often as other parts of the body, researchers are only scratching the surface with understanding how the brain works and who it may heal over time.
With that said, this post will highlight some of the common issues and milestones that brain injury victims may encounter.
Cognitive experiences and problems – Because swelling, bleeding and tissue damage, the brain may not function as it did before. This may lead to inconsistent brain functions, which may lead to different states of consciousness. A person may be in a coma or a minimally conscious state.
Emotional and behavioral problems – Likewise, physical damage to the brain may affect a person’s ability to concentrate and manage their emotions. In fact, brain injury victims may experience unusual states of agitation, nervousness and frustration. In fact, there may be inconsistent steps of recovery that may not make sense, which may add to a brain injury victim’s frustration.
Ultimately, the length of time for recovery, the short term impacts, as well as the long term consequences may not be known exactly, and each may vary. Nevertheless, these are three primary indicators of how brain injury victims may fare as they attempt to recover. They may also be used as measures to determine how a victim should be compensated for their injury.
If you have additional questions about the legal implications of a brain injury, an experienced attorney can help.