How traumatic brain injuries affect the mind and body

| May 8, 2020 | Firm News

It is something that people in South Carolina would like to avoid, but from time to time people suffer injuries. There are many different types of injuries that people suffer and also many different causes of the injuries. Some injuries are very mild and the pain will go away in a short period of time, but some injuries can cause significant problems which last for months, years and in some cases the rest of their lives.

One type of injury that can cause significant, long-term problems is a traumatic brain injury. The brain controls all functions of the body, so when it is injured, all functions of the body could be affected. Initially people may be unconscious and could be in a coma. As they recover, people can have cognitive problems such as trouble reasoning and memory problems. They can also have issues with their hearing, smell or taste. They can also develop mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, mood changes and even personality changes.

These injuries also often times require significant medical treatment as well. Initially they may require surgeries to release pressure on the brain or for skull fractures. For more severe injuries, people will also require long-term rehabilitation, which can include physical therapy, speech therapy, psychological services and other types of services designed to allow them to work their way back into functioning in society. All of these medical procedures and rehabilitation can be very costly as well adding financial concerns to the physical ones.

Unfortunately, many people in South Carolina suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. These injuries can be devastating both physically and financially. People may have the physical and mental problems stated above, medical costs and miss time at work, losing income as well. People who find themselves in this position may be able to receive compensation from the person who caused the injury though, which can at least ease the financial burdens. Experienced attorneys understand how devastating these injuries can be and may be a useful resource.