When a medical malpractice incident causes a person to suffer a brain injury, a victim may have many questions regarding what life will be like following such an injury. This is why we provide this information on what brain injury survivors can expect following a brain injury.
What Happens After a Brain Injury?
After damage has occurred to specific areas of the brain or throughout the brain, a person may suffer various side effects such as headaches, dizziness, loss of vision, coordination and balance problems, speech and communication troubles, insomnia, memory loss, loss of bladder and bowel functions, spasticity, extremity weakness, and paralysis. It is important to note that while some may suffer many or all of these adverse effects, others may only suffer some of them since it will depend on the severity of the injury and the part of the brain injured.
What Can Recovery Look Like?
Because no two brain injuries are identical and the symptoms listed above may not affect all brain injury survivors, recovering from a brain injury will vary from person to person. This is why most recoveries will fall into the following categories:
- Recovering from a mild to moderate brain injury. When someone suffers a mild brain injury, the recovery can actually happen relatively quickly and a person may even make a full recovery; however, this isn’t always the case. Many people with mild to moderate brain injuries still experience challenges for years to come that can affect their personality, communication, memory, ability to work and make a living, and personal relationships, among other things.
- Recovering from a severe brain injury. When someone sustains a severe brain injury, it is very likely that he will be working on making a recovery for years or even for the rest of his life. In fact, people with severe damage to the brain may never be able to walk or talk like they did prior to the injury. Consequently, they often suffer from depression, behavior changes, and emotional issues
The way a person recovers reflects the way the brain is healing. While some brain injury survivors are able to make full recoveries, most people who have suffered brain injuries aren’t able to function as they did before the injury. This is why it is essential that all people living with brain injuries get professional help. Medical help is essential in making the best physical and cognitive recovery. Psychological help is critical in making the best emotional and mental recovery. And legal help is vital in making the best financial recovery so that a person can get the best medical and psychological care.
While we can’t tell you exactly what you can expect following your specific brain injury as all injuries are unique, we can tell you that we have helped get compensation for brain injury victims and we can help you seek justice and just compensation for the wrongs you suffered. Sadly, both mild and severe brain injuries can dramatically impact someone’s job, family, and overall life. If your life has been negatively affected following an act of medical negligence, contact our office for a free consultation today at (703) 721-4233.