Physical, Mental, and Emotional Devastation
The term “brain damage” encompasses a wide variety of extremely serious injuries. More accurately, “brain damage” is a general heading for a wide array of diverse injuries to the white and gray matter constituting the brain, and to the nerves connecting to other parts of your body that control thought, speech, intelligence, memory, movement, personality, executive functioning, vision, balance, emotions, and related functions.
Many head injuries, such as a fractured skull or brain hemorrhage, are easily identified and proved because they can be seen on an objective test such as an X-ray or MRI. Proving other injuries can be more challenging. For instance, the loss of IQ or a change in personality or executive functioning are much more complicated, as these would not be expected to show up on any objective test. Most often, they are the result of a closed head injury where there may not be a skull fracture or brain bleed. The injured party feels different and claims his or her memory or thoughts are impaired. The injured person seems confused, and calculations that were easy for him or her prior to the accident become difficult or impossible after the head injury. In these cases, proof requires multiple batteries of clinical testing by a skilled neurologist, neuropsychologist or psychologist. A clinical assessment includes, but is not limited to, written tests to help diagnose patients with traumatic brain injuries.
The effects of a brain injury extend beyond obvious physical impairments. Getting used to life with a disability, very often confined to a wheelchair, is very difficult. Victims will usually experience a great deal of emotional pain and suffering. They will worry about how the injury will affect their lifestyle and quality of life, their personal relationships and financial situation, and their family. A brain injury may cause huge financial strains and could even impact your ability to work and earn a living. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury, Tim Reed can help you get the compensation you deserve.