Brain Injury Lawyer Serving Paintsville & Ashland
Few injuries have such lasting consequences as those affecting the brain. No matter how mild they are classified, these damages can lead to cognitive decline and mood or personality changes. The effects do not always appear immediately, but can reveal themselves weeks later.
Common causes of brain injury include:
Brain injuries are not always caused by a head wound. Certain types of bodily or widespread trauma can lead to the brain being harmed. Body blows can actually cause more severe injuries than head wounds. A spinning or severe jolt can tear brain structures or make the brain bounce inside the skull.
In all cases, brain injuries need to be treated immediately. While the full effects may not be noticeable until later, monitoring these injuries allows for a prompt response to any new or worsening symptoms. If you or a loved one suffers an injury that could have affected the brain, your first call needs to be to a doctor.
Any type of brain damage can cause physical and mental changes. Some of the most persistent symptoms that even the mildest injury can cause are:
- Memory loss
- Sleeping problems, such as insomnia or sleeping more than normal
- Mood swings
Cognitive and emotional changes are some of the worst effects, even if the person does not lapse into a coma. The person may have difficulty communicating, organizing ideas, or following conversations. Part of this may stem from a new inability to read or convey social cues. Traumatic brain injuries can also lead to behavioral changes. Many times, individuals have difficulty with self-control and an inaccurate awareness of their abilities and self. They take risks, and in some cases, become violent. These changes are the hardest on loved ones and caretakers.
Furthermore, mental changes usually accompany behavioral ones. In addition to mood disorders, the individual may now lack empathy. This can fuel behavior and social changes, as he or she no longer cares enough about others to behave acceptably and may act on aggressive impulses.
These changes can strain relationships to the breaking point. Many times, a head injury can lead to divorce. The sufferer may also be unable to hold a steady job due to the behavioral, mental, and cognitive changes. Even if the injury does not destroy relationships, caretakers often have difficulty coping with the changes and the added responsibility they bring.
A person who suffers a brain injury may be unable to live on his or her own anymore, and may require constant supervision. Although Kentucky offers funding to help care for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, not all expenses are covered by this reserve. You may need financial help beyond what is offered by the state.
What to Do
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, address medical care and recovery first. This does not stop at one check-up; even a mild brain injury requires monitoring and may lead to several follow-up appointments to ensure recovery. While most people return to their everyday lives following a minor injury, they should not return to their normal routines until a doctor gives them the okay. Even minor wounds should be addressed by a medical professional.
More severe injuries require a range of specialists. From mental health professionals to physical, speech, and occupational therapists, complete retraining is often required. The injured person may never make a complete recovery back to independence.
If you live in eastern Kentucky, contact the personal injury attorneys at Salyer Law to discuss a brain injury suffered by you or a loved one that was caused by another’s actions or negligence. We will work to establish fault and have expertise in the most common non-criminal sources of these injuries. Whether you were involved in a car crash or a slip and fall accident, we can help you receive the settlement you are entitled to. You should not have to suffer the consequences of another person’s actions. Reach out to us to set up a free consultation.