Regardless of whether you suffered your head injury due to a medical mistake, a motor vehicle accident or in some other way, the damage to your brain can cause temporary or lifelong issues. Other Delaware residents who also suffered this type of injury would most likely agree that the one thing that every brain injury has in common is unpredictability.
You could experience a wide variety of aftereffects from such an injury, but doctors may find it difficult to predict which ones will stay with you. Even though what you may experience after your brain injury is not necessarily predictable, some common issues do occur in the aftermath, and you could suffer from one or more of them for the rest of your life.
Your memory may never be the same
Some people do experience amnesia after a head injury, in which they forget certain periods of time, but that does not happen to everyone. The memory problems that could remain long after your doctors consider you “recovered” include those associated with learning new information. You may have trouble concentrating and focusing, but the following may help:
- Focus on one thing at a time and try to avoid distractions.
- Have people write down information for you that you need to remember.
- Have others repeat information you need to remember after you say it.
- Leave objects in the same place so you don’t have to remember where you put something.
- When you go somewhere, take the same routes so you don’t get lost.
- Establish a routine and stick to it as much as possible.
Repetition is an important tool in helping with memory issues. If you can create a predictable life, write things down and repeat information when you need to remember it, it should make things easier.
Your behavior and personality may change
If you were once outgoing and easy to be around, you may now find that you have trouble in crowds, are easy to anger and can’t feel enthusiastic about anything. More to the point, you may experience one or more of the following:
- You may be more aggressive than you were prior to your brain injury.
- You may go through extreme mood swings that you feel you can’t control.
- Your emotional reactions may feel exaggerated and you can’t figure out why.
- You can no longer see issues or situations from another person’s point of view.
- You may engage in inappropriate sexual behavior when you didn’t before.
In fact, you may not even be aware that you are experiencing any of the above until someone who knows you well points it out. As you begin to try to pay attention, you notice that people are right. With the appropriate support, you may find ways to deal with these personality changes.
The assistance you may require in the aftermath of your brain injury could require a significant financial commitment. If your injury resulted from the negligence or recklessness of someone else, you may have an avenue to pursue the compensation you need to remove the financial burden you may feel as you move forward in your new life.