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The challenges faced by a victim of traumatic brain injury

Anybody can suffer a traumatic brain injury at any time, and the impact it can have on the life of the each victim is different. However, regardless of the effects you suffer from your TBI, you will most likely face many challenges, and if the negligence of another person is to blame, you may seek recovery of damages. The problem comes in determining a monetary value to claim for noneconomic losses.

The typical causes of traumatic brain injuries include falls, severe blows to the head caused by numerous workplace hazards, automobile accidents and assaults. The Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention say more than two million traumatic brain injuries occur annually.

How does the brain function?

If you have suffered TBI, it might help to understand the basics about the complicated way in which the brain functions. The brain consists of the brain stem, cerebellum and four lobes, which are each divided in a left and right side. Each side of every lobe is responsible for unique functions that an injury can severely compromise. For that reason, the effects of your brain injury will depend on the cause and location as well as the severity of the damage.

Typical consequences of left-side brain injuries 

You may struggle with both understanding and expressing verbal conversations, and you might suffer impaired logic and verbal memory. Sequencing may become a challenge, and you may experience difficulty in controlling movements of the right side of your body. These problems may lead to catastrophic reactions such as anxiety and depression.

Typical consequences of right-side brain injuries

These injuries could cause visual-spatial impairment, which will make it difficult for you to tell where objects are in space. They can also result in visual memory deficiency, which could prevent you from preserving visual images to your memory. The result will limit your abilities to be able to see "the big picture." Right-side brain injuries sometimes alter a victim's creativity, and they may cause reduced control of the body's left side.

Typical consequences of diffuse brain injuries 

These are scattered injuries on both the left and the right side of the brain. They may bring about fatigue and confusion along with deteriorated concentration and attention abilities. Cognitive impairment can affect your thinking speed.

Regardless of the location and the severity of your brain injury, the consequences of TBI could be life-changing. Along with the costs of constructional changes to your living area to accommodate your limitations and the financial implications related to ongoing medical needs and the loss of income, how can you determine the value of emotional damage and loss of life enjoyment? This might be best accomplished by an experienced personal injury attorney.

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