Brain Injury Side Effects

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When a person suffers a brain injury, they also often end up with a variety of side effects that interfere with their quality of life, including whether or not they can work, go to school, or enjoy activities they participated in before they were injured. For anyone who has sustained a brain injury in an accident caused by a negligent party, it is important to contact a brain injury attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have.

Even a mild brain injury can leave a victim with long-term issues. For example, a concussion, which is a common car accident injury, will often cause chronic headaches long after the injury is supposed to be “healed.” In moderate or severe brain injury, the victim could end up losing certain motor function or even slip into a coma.

In order to determine the severity of a brain injury, victims will undergo diagnostic testing, such as a CAT scan and MRI. Many brain injury victims will need to consult with a neurologist and/or a neuropsychologist. A neurologist specializes in diagnosing and treating disorders of the brain and nervous system. A neuropsychologist specializes in the relationship between the brain and behavior and can determine the extent of the victim’s injury and how it is affecting them.

Common Side Effects from Brain Injuries

When a person suffers a mild to moderate brain injury, there are certain side effects that the injury can cause which can have a devastating impact on the victim’s quality of life. The following are some of the more frequent that a brain injury attorney sees in the accident cases they handle:

Sleep Issues: It is not uncommon for a brain injury victim to report issues with sleep patterns. Many find it difficult to fall asleep and when they finally do, they are only able to sleep for a few hours at a time. This lack of sleep can not only be frustrating for the victim, leaving them with no energy, but it can also cause other symptoms to worsen because the body needs sleep in order to heal. Without getting the proper amount of sleep, the brain injury will take longer to heal or become worse.

Trouble with Concentrating and Thinking: Many moderate brain injuries cause cognitive difficulties for the victim. This can result in having issues with memory, awareness of where they are, solving problems, self-awareness, and other “thinking skills.”

Becoming Easily Irritable: Increased irritability is often a result of the other two common issues, lack of sleep and issue with thinking skills. What were routine tasks before the injury now become difficult and challenging. And anyone who has suffered mild bouts of insomnia can attest at how frustrating it can be to not be able to sleep. Victims also become agitated easily because of the different way family and friends may be treating them since they have been injured.

Contact a Brain Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury because of the negligence or recklessness of another party, contact a brain injury law firm Woodland Hills, CA offers today for a free case evaluation and to find out how you can get the financial compensation you deserve.

Thank you to our friends and contributors at Barry P. Goldberg for their insight into personal injury claims and side effects of brain injury.