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Challenges of living with brain injuries

It is no secret that accidents can cause long-term problems for those who suffer injuries. This is particularly true of brain injuries, which can influence cognitive functioning, mobility and reasoning on a variety of levels. Comparatively little is understood about the brain, even in the modern era, which makes living with a brain injury even more of a challenge. 

The effects of a brain injury on a human being can be vastly different from person to person, even if the injury that caused it is similar. In the United States, some 15 percent of brain injuries are caused by car accidents, a problem that is widespread here in Canada as well. Even within this number, medical professionals have seen considerable disparities between how injuries influence different people. 

Depending on which side of the brain is affected by the injury, different functions are affected. Injuries to the left side of the brain, which handles cognitive functioning and logical thinking, can result in mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, as well as language and verbal memory problems. Damage to the right side, which handles the creative and empathetic centers of the brain, can cause visual issues, visual memory fragmentation and loss of "big picture" thinking. This is by no means a comprehensive list.

Brain injuries can lead to anything from mild headaches to total cognitive collapse. This is why so many individuals in Canada who experience these sorts of injuries in an accident choose to pursue civil lawsuits against those believed responsible. In securing the support of experienced personal injury attorneys, these victims are put in a good position to seek compensation for the ongoing trauma they continue to suffer as a result of these injuries. 

Source: biausa.org, "Living with Brain Injury", Accessed on Jan. 12, 2017

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