How can a brain injury change your daily life?
If you get involved in a car accident, some of the injuries you suffer may only impact you for a short time. A broken leg is massively inconvenient while it heals, for instance, but you know that you’ll be able to walk again in a number of weeks.
Brain injuries are often different. Though symptoms may become less pronounced or may change, there’s no guarantee that they will entirely heal. This means that the real ramifications of such an injury can change your daily life forever. Let’s consider some of the ways that this may happen.
Changes to your emotional state and personality
One potential issue is that your personality may change. You could have emotional outbursts, for instance, or feel like you lack all self-control. These things can come on quickly. The smallest issue may set you off in a way that it never would have before.
This is often devastating for loved ones, and it can lead to divorce. There have been cases of people saying they didn’t even know their spouse after the injury. They felt like they were married to a stranger. You can only imagine how this changes your relationships with your friends and co-workers.
Changes to your physical abilities and skills
The second main area of change is in your physical abilities. Many people struggle with balance and may lack the ability to walk. Others can take on major tasks, like movement, but lack fine motor skills. These changes may mean you need life-long care, that you have to give up your career, that you can’t participate in your hobbies and much else.
Rehabilitation can help, but it does not always bring these skills back. Not only is the rehab itself costly, but the cost of care can be immense. If you lose your job in the process, you then have an extensive amount of lost wages to consider.
What legal options do you have?
You can see how a brain injury can change your life and bring on long-term costs that will never end. You must consider all of these costs when looking into your legal options, as you may be able to seek compensation on numerous levels.