Understanding Consequences of Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury has a wide array of effects, and almost all of these can affect a person’s ability to live a normal life. There are several different types of brain wound, and the degree or severity of the brain damage will dictate the type of consequences the person suffers.

Even a moderate brain wound can affect a person’s mobility. Movements may become slow, and the person may find himself taking a much longer time to complete tasks, or perform movements. In some cases, mobility may be impaired so badly that the person needs a wheelchair. That’s because of impaired balance and coordination which can increase the risk of a fall.

The person may experience tiredness or fatigue, and may find it difficult to focus on complex tasks. There may be sensory impairment and changes in the walking gait, or posture.

A brain wound can affect a person’s sense of taste or smell. The impairment may even permanent. Speech becomes slurred, and difficult to understand. Sometimes, persons may not find the words that they need to communicate, or may find themselves repeating the same thing all over and over again.

Seizures After Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain damage can have many serious and possibly devastating consequences on a person’s health. One of these is the development of seizures that can begin soon after the damage, or many months after the wound. In some cases, seizures may begin to appear months or even years after the person has suffered the damage.

The severity or frequency of the seizures may be related to the severity of the damage. The more severe the traumatic brain injury, the greater the frequency and severity of the seizures. Certain types of brain injury also seem to have a higher risk of seizures. For instance, persons who have suffered an acute intracranial hematoma are much more likely to suffer seizures. In one study, out of approximately 4, 200 persons who had suffered a mild head injury, 53% developed epilepsy, and out of these, 57% developed the epilepsy within a year of suffering the injury. In fact, the risk of seizures is so high when a person has a brain injury, that doctors often suggest a preventative course of medication in other to control symptoms of epilepsy.

Brain Injuries And Relationships

Brain injuries are catastrophic injuries that can have a significant effect on physical and mental health, as well as the quality of your relationships. You may find that your friend circle – a primary source of support for you – is beginning to grow distant from you. This may seem painful, but it is all too common after a person suffers a brain injury.

Every person wants to feel valued. However, when a person has suffered a brain injury, the injury has a significant and dramatic impact on his social and personal relationships. You might find that friends are not inclined to come over anymore, especially after the initial period of hospitalization and treatment is over. Talk to a Denver brain injury lawyer for help filing a claim.

Besides, brain injury survivors also find that their own injury has now left them with a markedly different sense of emotional functioning, which makes it difficult for them to relate to other people and their lives. Also remember that a brain injury typically has a way of overwhelming one’s life. You might have nothing else to speak about apart from your brain injury, and that makes it difficult for people to connect with you. Not surprisingly, the lowering quality of personal and social relationships simply adds to feelings of depression, bitterness, resentment, and feelings of low confidence.

To help deal with all of these major changes in your social relationships, don’t isolate yourself from friends and family. In many cases, you may find that friends want to help, but may no longer be able to deal with your moods, or your sense of depression. Try to create a support network of close friends who genuinely want to help you. Take care of your physical and emotional health. Join a support group for brain injury survivors.

All of these are consequences that make it difficult, if not impossible, for a person to go back to his former job. It also impairs a person’s quality of life.

How Loved Ones Can Help

If your loved one has suffered a head injury, understand that he may not feel 100%, even if the doctors say that he is completely recovered from the injury. There may be short-term memory issues that you need to deal with. Don’t be stressed, if your loved one seems to forget the names of certain persons, or dates. Keep repeating names of important persons in the individual’s life to help stress on memory.

Provide a calm environment at home, and keep noise to a minimum. If certain types of noises, like loud music, seem to agitate your loved one, eliminate such noise from his life.

Your loved one will also have trouble focusing on more than one task at a time. Avoid any activities that involve multitasking.

What Are Loss of Consortium Damages?

In Colorado, the laws allow spouses of persons who have suffered severe personal injuries to claim loss of consortium damages. Loss of consortium is not claimed by the person who has suffered the injury, but by the spouse of the injured victim. Husbands or wives may be eligible to recover loss of consortium damages according to a Denver personal injury lawyer.

For example, when a person has suffered a severe brain injury, and suffers physical, emotional, and sexual consequences that severely impact his marital life, the spouse may be eligible to recover damages for loss of consortium. These are in addition to the pain and suffering and other types of noneconomic damages that the injured victim may also claim.

Broadly, loss of consortium damages will seek to compensate the spouse for loss of companionship, loss of support, and loss of affection, as a result of the injury. The damages will also compensate the spouse for the loss of services as a result of the injury. For instance, the injured spouse may no longer be able to care for children, or help the spouse with household chores, and these damages can be included in a claim. Finally, loss of consortium damages may also seek to compensate a spouse for the loss of sexual relations or intimacy as a result of the injury. Remember, these consequences may last a long time, and could even be permanent.

For help filing a claim that will account for all of these damages in a claim, speak to a Denver personal injury lawyer. A claim can help cover medical costs, lost income, and loss of enjoyment of life as a result of the injury. Talk to a Denver personal injury lawyer and begin the process of filing a claim.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.