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Adjusting to Life with a Brain Injury

Brain injuries—mostly concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)—have been in the news a lot in recent years. When a person suffers a brain injury, it can lead to a long list of problems, ranging from headaches and dizziness shortly after the injury to ongoing memory and concentration issues.

These injuries can even cause lifelong problems, such as difficulty with speech, epilepsy, or degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s.

There’s now an awareness that brain injuries happen a lot more often than we used to think, and we better understand how much damage they cause. But while brain injuries are receiving more publicity, not enough attention is given to those who have to live with the effects of these injuries.

Life-Changing, but Not a Death Sentence

Millions of victims and their families are going to be living with the fallout from brain injuries for years to come, so the more help available to them, the better. Those who survive the most severe injuries might need full-time caregivers, but many more will need less extensive assistance.

Learning to Compensate

Victims who have long-term effects, even when those effects are minor, may need to adapt. They may have to compensate for cognitive problems by using more memory aids or learning techniques to help them stay focused. They might need to rest longer or more frequently to get the same amount of work done.

Depending on the type and severity of an injury, victims might need to stay on some type of medication, and they should be very careful about taking it by using a scheduling app or some other method to track doses.

In fact, it’s generally advised for all those with brain injuries to develop and stick to predictable schedules for as much of their daily lives as possible. Simplicity and consistency are especially helpful in the early stages of recovery.

It’s also recommended that brain injury victims be very careful about drug and alcohol use—or give the substances up completely. The effects of substances that alter brain chemistry can be unpredictable, and that’s even more so in those who’ve had brain injuries.

Family Help Can Be Crucial

Brain injury victims also need the help and patience of those around them. The wife of a military veteran with TBI has published a list of simple, practical things people can do to help family members manage day-to-day activity better.

Nothing on this list is expensive or takes special tools. It consists of steps like using a shared calendar app, simplifying household chores, sticking to a routine, and keeping a positive attitude.

Detroit Brain Injury Lawyer

When you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, life will go on. But you may need the help of an experienced Detroit brain injury attorney when you make your claim for damages against those who caused your injuries.

David Christensen Law understands this kind of case, and we’ve helped many clients achieve successful outcomes. Give us a call at 248-213-4900 or contact us via the form below to learn more and to schedule a free consultation.