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A brain injury changes everything

In a recent article on our website entitled "Brain injuries: The mystery and uncertainty surrounding them," we discussed some of the common causes of brain injuries as well as symptoms that may signify that an individual has suffered a brain injury. We also briefly discussed some of the side effects that may result from an injury to the brain, a topic that's worth expanding upon.

The human brain is an amazingly complex organ that controls and regulates all bodily processes and also houses our memories and those things about each of us that make us unique and human. Given the significant role the brain plays, an injury to the brain can have a devastating impact on an individual's life. For example, a brain injury may impact an individual's ability to recall information, think clearly and reason as well as one's emotions and personality, making an individual seem like a completely different person.

The severity and location of a brain injury largely determines how an individual will be impacted. For example, an individual who is involved in a car accident and hits the front part of their head may suffer damage to the frontal lobe region of the brain. An injury to the frontal lobe may affect an individual's speech, impulse control, motor skills, personality, judgment and concentration.

If an individual suffers a blow to the top of their head in a work accident, the brain region known as the parietal lobe may suffer damage. An injury to this region of the brain may affect an individual's sense of depth perception as well as the ability to identify and distinguish between different colors and shapes. Additionally, an individual's sense of touch may be negatively impacted.

The full damaging effects of a brain injury are often not immediately known. In some cases after a car accident or work accident occurs, an individual may feel fairly normal. However, any blow to the head can result in brain damage and an individual should always seek medical care and document symptoms.

Source: Brain Injury Association of America, "Living with a Brain Injury," 2014

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