Brain injuries are very difficult injuries for anyone to deal with. Just last week, we discussed concussions and some points about that type of brain injury. That post was a good reminder that brain injuries affect the entire person, not just one specific location. We know that brain injuries can affect you emotionally, physically, mentally and cognitively. These injuries can even affect your personality.
Unlike many injuries that can occur in an accident, brain injuries sometimes aren’t evident right away. These are often considered invisible injuries because many of the symptoms aren’t apparent on imaging tests. Some of the effects, such as memory loss, fatigue, nausea, irritability, sensitivity to stimuli and mood changes, are some of the ones that can’t be seen on those tests.
We also know that a brain injury can affect your entire family. You may have frequent medical visits that can interfere with other plans. You may need more care now than you did before the accident. You might not have the same personality or the same level of patience as you did before the injury. You might have to slow down your spending in other areas of life because of the high cost of living with a brain injury or because you are unable to work and don’t have an income now. All of those factors can be difficult for your loved ones to deal with.
When put all the possibilities together, it is easy to understand why you might opt to pursue compensation. If compensation is awarded, the financial burden might be lifted so you can focus on working on other aspects of life after your brain injury.