Not all head injuries are created equal. Some head injuries manifest obvious and severe symptoms such as debilitating comas resulting in months of rehab as the injured person learns to walk, talk and function again. In most cases, however, one may never even lose consciousness after the injury. These patients assume that they are fine. But many of them develop continuing problems long after the initial event.
Memory deficits are common, as are low or volatile moods. Many people suffering from head injuries find that they have problems keeping things organized, making decisions and setting priorities. Patients’ friends and families say that their personalities have changed. Fatigue can plague victims for months, even in the absence of other problems. One might think that each of these issues is minor. But when taken together, these problems can profoundly affect sufferers’ ability to do their jobs, maintain relationships and manage the challenges of life.
Victims of accidents, slip-and-falls, or an assault may realize some time later that life has changed profoundly. Therapy can be effective even long after the injury, but it is expensive. Even with medical insurance, victims may find that the insurer is reluctant to pay for treatment. This is especially the case if the patient did not seek medical help immediately. But it is essential that the patient be persistent. Being properly compensated for one's injury is the first step on the road to recovery and a new life. For more information on traumatic brain injuries, get in touch with a Sarasota brain injury attorney.