Effects of Brain Injuries

The brain controls all of the most important functions within the whole of the body and mind, allowing us to breathe, communicate and think.

If a person suffers a brain injury, their body’s ability to perform these function may be compromised or even completely diminish, possibly causing a person to go through extreme changes in personality, have severely restricted motor functionality and other related independence-compromising mental health issues.

These factors show how crucial the compensation from a claim can be in order that an injured person can get specialist treatment, care and rehabilitation in order that they may improve their situation.

The experience of serious injury claims among our panel of expert solicitors means that they are the ideal legal representation to pursue a compensation claim on your behalf. The help they can provide through obtaining compensation for you will go some way to relieving the burden on your shoulders so you can plan ahead for the future while concentrating on your recovery. Without this vital help, a brain injury can be devastating on all aspects of a person’s life as well as the life of their loved ones.

The severity and extent of the effects of a brain injury is dependant on the part of the brain that is injured. The effects of brain injuries can be categorised as physical, cognitive and behavioural.

Physical Effects Of Brain Injuries

Most people that suffer minor or moderate brain injuries make a full recovery in terms of their physical capabilities, but many of those and all severe brain injury sufferers often have irreversible damage in areas of the brain that control movement and motor function.

This type of damage can mean that the injured person never regains even simple movement related abilities that are taken for granted by the majority of people, such as the ability to speak, eat and shake hands, while the injured person may even be in constant pain as a result.

The physical effects of brain injuries may affect:

  • Movement
  • Coordination
  • Speech
  • Fatigue levels
  • Hormone levels

Cognitive Effects Of Brain Injuries

This refers to the possible effect of brain injuries on a person’s ability to think, known as cognition.

Cognitive effects can be severely upsetting for a person to suffer, as they may not be able to understand and process aspects of their life that they had considered simple and second-nature before their accident. It can also be a tough time for the injured person’s family to go through, seeing a previously capable loved one with diminished mental faculties that compromise independence.

The cognitive effects of brain injuries may cause:

  • Problems processing information
  • Problems in the interpretation of information from the senses
  • Memory deterioration
  • Problems communicating
  • Problems with attention and concentration

The Behavioural Effects Of Brain Injuries

If a brain injury affects one of the several areas of the brain that contribute to emotional responses to stimuli, it is likely that the injured person’s behavioural tendencies will be altered.

Often, a brain injured person suffers from a lack of self-control and inhibition which can result in them, for example, saying hurtful things to those they love and having episodes of extreme anger.

However, brain injuries can even cause the opposite, with a person appearing to be emotionless due a lack of or restricted response to any stimuli.

The behavioural effects of a brain injury may lead to:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Self-centred and stubborn behaviour
  • Frustration, impatience and agitation
  • A lack of spontaneity and future planning
  • A disrupted sleeping pattern and the resultant fatigue