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Brain injuries, cognition, and daily life: What patients and caregivers need to know

A person who suffers from a brain injury can suffer a host of difficulties. Some of these can have such a significant impact on their daily life that they’re unable to function normally. While there are several factors that affect how the brain injury will impact the patient, it’s important to understand that not all of the effects of the injury are easily seen. 

Brain injuries can change the way a person thinks. This isn’t something that’s easily noticed unless you spend time with the person. But, those cognitive effects can dramatically change a person’s life. 

How can cognitive changes impact life?

A person who has issues with cognition can suffer from many changes. These include:

  • Difficulties with memory
  • Challenges with reasoning or problem solving
  • Trouble concentrating or paying attention
  • Problems with planning or organizing
  • Issues with communication

These cognitive changes can make it difficult to keep up with relationships. It can also make it hard, sometimes impossible, to hold a job. In some cases, an employer may be able to provide accommodations that would make it possible for someone with a brain injury to remain employed, but it’s not common. 

Unfortunately, some people who have cognitive changes won’t be able to overcome them. Even if they can, the therapy can be intense and expensive. Individuals who suffer a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence can pursue a claim for compensation to help cover the financial damages they face. This can occur after a motor vehicle crash or a host of other incidents. Just remember that there are time limits for seeking compensation, so swift action is necessary.

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