A brain injury can interfere with cognition and significantly change your life. If you or a loved one suffered brain injuries in a Kentucky accident, we encourage you to learn about cognitive changes, how they impact your day-to-day activities, and what to do to protect your legal recovery.
Cognitive Changes Caused by Brain Injuries in a Kentucky Accident
Some of the ways your brain may change after an accident include:
- Attention and concentration. Attention and concentration are essential cognitive skills. If you can’t concentrate without distraction, struggle to attend for long periods of time, or are often restless, you may have trouble thinking. Taking breaks, focusing on one task at a time, and eliminating distractions may help you improve your concentration.
- Understanding information. Processing information may become more challenging after a brain injury accident. You may struggle to understand what someone else says or what you read, have trouble following directions, and have slower reaction times. You may need to ask people to repeat themselves, reread information, and reduce distractions to understand information presented to you.
- Communication. Thinking problems may interfere with your communication skills. You may have difficulty with word retrieval, go off on tangents, forget what you were about to say, and have trouble understanding what other people are telling you. These issues can lead to misunderstandings and frustration. A speech therapist may help you with communication issues after a brain injury accident.
- Learning. Your ability to think impacts your ability to learn. You may struggle to remember and to understand the information presented to you. Learning issues may affect your education or job. Different therapies may help you with learning challenges after a brain injury accident.
- Planning and organization. If you suffer a brain injury, you may struggle to problem solve and organize your thoughts, plans, and commitments. Various rehabilitation therapies may help you with planning and organization challenges.
A neuropsychologist may evaluate your cognitive abilities and recommend appropriate therapies to help you heal to the maximum medical extent possible. Unfortunately, some brain injury cognitive injuries may be permanent even with extensive intervention.
Protect Your Brain Injury Accident Recovery
A person’s ability to think is essential to who they are and what they can accomplish. If a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice incident, slip and fall, or another type of accident caused your brain injury, then you may be able to make a financial recovery.
Your legal damages may include compensation for past, present, and future:
- Medical expenses. Healthcare costs include everything from your initial ambulance ride to hospitalizations, surgeries, doctors’ visits, medications, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and other healthcare expenses.
- Lost income. Thinking issues may impact your ability to earn an income. You may recover compensation if you temporarily or permanently lose part or all of your income. Your income includes wages, benefits, raises, bonuses, and money earned from self-employment.
- Pain and suffering. Your physical pain and emotional suffering may be significant after a brain injury. These injuries may also be the hardest to value. However, our experienced Kentucky brain injury lawyers can accurately value and help you recover pain and suffering compensation.
- Other expenses. Any other expenses you incur because of your brain injury should be part of your legal recovery.
However, even if you suffer a serious brain injury that impacts your ability to think, you will only get legal compensation if you fight for it. Our experienced Kentucky brain injury lawyers can fight on your behalf by:
- Making sure your case is filed before the statute of limitations expires
- Thoroughly investigating the accident that caused your brain injury to find out why it happened and who caused it
- Negotiating with the right insurers
- Fighting for your full recovery in court
Contact Our Kentucky Brain Injury Attorneys Today
To learn more about how we may help you or a loved one after suffering brain injuries in a Kentucky accident, please contact our team at any time—24/7/365—for a free, no-obligation consultation.