Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can result from a host of incidents. There are several ways a victim can be impacted by the TBI. One of these is a change in cognitive abilities.
Cognitive effects can lead to life-altering challenges. These effects can range from mild to severe, depending on the extent of the injury. If you have recently sustained a TBI, these are some of the challenges that you may be in a position to pursue compensation for, in the event that another’s actions or inactions caused your harm.
You may have difficulty recalling information, forming new memories or remembering important details. This could affect both your short-term and long-term memory. Employees may need accommodations, such as written instructions, to fulfill their job duties properly in the wake of such challenges.
Attention and concentration issues
You might find it challenging to maintain focus on tasks or conversations for extended periods. This can make it difficult to complete tasks that require sustained attention. Working might be particularly challenging.
Difficulty with executive functions
After a TBI, you may struggle with planning, organizing, problem-solving and decision-making. These higher-level cognitive skills are essential for managing your daily activities and responsibilities.
Language and communication difficulties
You may have trouble finding the right words, understanding complex sentences or expressing your thoughts clearly. This can make it challenging to communicate effectively with others.
Impaired reasoning and judgment
You might find it harder to think logically, make sound judgments or evaluate the consequences of your actions. This can increase the risk of engaging in risky or impulsive behavior, which can cause problems without you realizing what’s going on.
Slowed information processing
You may experience a slower processing speed, making it more difficult to understand and respond to information quickly. This can impact your ability to keep up with conversations or react in a timely manner.
Changes in perception
You might notice alterations in how you perceive sensory information, such as increased sensitivity to light or sound or difficulty distinguishing between different sensory stimuli.
It’s essential to seek medical support if you’re experiencing these cognitive effects following a TBI. You may also benefit from speaking with a legal professional about seeking compensation for the financial impacts of these injuries, if your harm was either not your fault or not entirely your fault.