Many injuries only cause temporary changes to your life. A broken leg may cause mobility issues for a few months, for example, but it will heal. Even something like a torn ligament can generally heal in a year or so with proper surgery.
But when it comes to brain injuries, and especially traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), these changes could last for the rest of your life. You may not heal entirely, meaning you have to find new ways to cope with the changes. Let’s consider a few ways that this happens.
The loss of physical skills
In some cases, damage to the brain means that you lose physical skills you previously possessed. You may no longer be able to walk without assistance, for example, or you may constantly struggle with feeling dizzy and off-balance. This can be a major issue if you have a physical career that you can no longer continue working in after the injury.
Additionally, some of those who suffer from traumatic brain injuries also have serious personality changes. They may become more aggressive or go through emotional mood swings that never would’ve happened before. These changes can impact your relationships, and there have even been situations where a brain injury eventually causes a divorce.
Finally, brain injuries can cause mental or cognitive problems. It may be as simple as struggling to find the right word when you’re talking, for instance. But it could also be much more serious. For instance, a scientist who has a TBI may no longer be able to do the elaborate calculations necessary for their work. A college professor may no longer be able to teach a subject they once knew well.
What options do you have?
If you have suffered from a TBI and you’re experiencing these types of complications, be sure you know how to seek financial compensation from the person who is responsible. This compensation may help to cover things like lost wages, lost earning potential, high medical bills and a lot more.