In 1848, Phineas Gage suffered a severe brain injury that damaged his frontal lobe. However, he lived through his horrific injuries, but unfortunately, he was not yet out of the woods. Gage turned from a responsible and pleasant person to a negligent, rude and aggressive individual who could not take up any responsibility.
His case is one of the most well-known in the field of neuroscience because it helped establish that certain functions of the brain are associated with specific areas. It means that the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) depend on the brain region that is affected.
1. You can develop a mental disorder
A TBI can lead to various mental issues such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and personality changes. But, again, it all depends on the location of the trauma and the associated brain functions affected by the injury.
2. You may experience language and communication problems
If the portion of the brain associated with speech is damaged, you may find it hard to communicate with others. Words may be jumbled or sentences incomprehensible, yet they seem to make sense to you.
3. Your social circle is likely to change
Losing some friends is a painful reality you may have to deal with following a severe TBI. The cognitive or physical effects of a TBI may make it hard for you to maintain the social ties you had with your colleagues at work or even friends and family.
4. Get the justice you deserve
A TBI is a serious injury, and treatment or rehabilitation costs may run high. Therefore, it is crucial that you are fully compensated if another party’s negligence led to your injuries. The road to recovery can hard. However, with adequate compensation, you can fully focus on getting better without having to worry about your financial security.