Yuba City Brain Injury Lawyer
The brain is responsible for all of a person’s memories, goals, dreams, and aspirations. Perhaps this is why traumatic brain injuries impact a patient’s quality of life so adversely. When people suffer a brain injury, their very identity could be compromised, leaving a lasting impact on not only their life but the lives of their loved ones as well. While medical advances have revolutionized the way brain injuries are diagnosed and treated, they still have the ability to cause adverse impacts that could last the rest of their life.Traumatic Brain Injuries Leave Major Logistical Impacts
When people suffer a brain injury, they don’t just have medical issues to think about. Brain injuries have the potential to cause significant logistical issues during not only the treatment process but after discharge as well. These include:
- Financial Issues: Even the most financially comfortable families could be placed under a significant amount of stress from brain injuries. While health insurance may cover a significant portion of the treatment costs, many plans still have high deductibles. If the patient requires a stay in the intensive care unit or the ICU, it is also possible to quickly reach the lifetime limit on many plans. This can place any family in a difficult situation financially.
- Employment Issues: Many people think about what happens if and when a patient suffering a traumatic brain injury is able to return to work; however, there are also employment issues related to the spouse. Depending on the symptoms that the patient has developed (and whether or not they resolve), the patient may be unable to care for themselves for the rest of their life. This means that there are impacts on caretakers of brain injury patients as well as the patient themselves, particularly if the spouse has to leave their job to care for the patient.
- Follow-Up Issues: The treatment of a traumatic brain injury doesn’t end when the patient is discharged. Almost every patient suffering a brain injury will require rehabilitation to try and work on any lifelong complications that may have developed. These visits could be difficult to schedule, particularly if the patient is unable to drive. Rehab appointments can also become expensive Furthermore, the type of rehabilitation will vary depending on the symptoms that the patient developed.
Just as there are different types of brain injuries, the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, and any lifelong comorbidities that develop will vary depending on the lobe of the brain that has been impacted. The major lobes of the brain control different bodily functions and include:
- Frontal Lobe: The frontal lobe of the brain controls the patient’s judgment and executive functions. Patients with damage to their frontal lobe will have difficulty planning a complex series of steps, weighing the risks and benefits of their actions, and will suffer from a loss of inhibition. They have a low tolerance for frustration and are prone to emotional swings. Frontal lobe damage can impact a person’s ability to maintain relationships, process their finances, and perform basic activities of daily living.
- Temporal Lobe: The temporal lobe is responsible for learning new skills, forming new memories, and retaining old ones. The patient will suffer both long-term and short-term memory loss with any damage to the temporal lobe. If a patient is right-hand dominant and suffers damage to the left part of their frontal lobe, they could develop a condition known as aphasia. There are many different types, but all of them impact a person’s ability to comprehend and produce language. If a person is left-handed, this ability is stored in their right temporal lobe instead.
- Parietal Lobe: The parietal lobe is responsible for processing a significant amount of information sensed by the body. For example, people with damage to their parietal lobe may lose the ability to identify objects by touch, have trouble differentiating hot or cold, and may start to appear clumsier due to hemineglect. Patients with parietal lobe damage are prone to neglect on the side of the body that is opposite from the parietal lobe that has been damaged. Patients with right-sided parietal lobe damage may ignore the left half of their body and any objects on the left side of their field of vision. This is called hemineglect.
- Occipital Lobe: This lobe is responsible for vision. Damage to the occipital lobe will have different impacts on visual impairment and degrees of blindness depending on the degree to which the lobe has been damaged. Patients may have trouble with depth perception, color identification, and could even start to hallucinate. They also commonly have trouble reading, writing, and recognizing types of movement.
- Cerebellum: The cerebellum is responsible for correcting mistakes in motor movement. Patients with cerebellar damage will have trouble coordinating their movements and adjusting for small errors in their motor skills. For example, if a person is taking the stairs and misses a step, their body may not compensate for the missed step appropriately. Patients with cerebellar damage suffer from ataxia or a general lack of motor coordination.
Watch the following video to get a better understanding of a traumatic brain injury:Yuba City Brain Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Yuba City Brain Injury Attorney. Brain injuries can cause a wide variety of different symptoms depending on the area of the brain that is affected, making them challenging to diagnose and treat. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, please contact me at (530) 392-9400 or (800) 404-5400 for friendly, free advice.
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Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 12.22.20]