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Brain injuries and personal relationships

From financial consequences to problems at work, headaches and memory issues, brain injuries often come with a long list of challenges that people will struggle with. Sadly, many patients have suffered a brain injury at the hands of a medical professional who was careless, and these injuries can be even more difficult to address because they may take months (or even years) to become apparent. In this post, we will look into some of the ways in which brain injuries can disrupt a victim's personal relationships, an especially upsetting facet of this injury for many people in New Mexico.

How traumatic brain injuries affect emotions

Most people in New Mexico probably associate traumatic brain injuries with problems relating to thought and memory, and perhaps also to physical conditions such as seizures or a coma. However, as well as cognitive issues and physical disabilities, a person who sustains a TBI may begin to suffer emotional challenges, particularly when it comes to anger and depression.

Appreciating the impact of cognitive deficits

Many of those who come to see us here at Curtis & Lucero after seeing a family member or friend suffer a traumatic brain injury automatically assume the worst. If you have had a loved one suffer a similar injury, then it is easy to understand how overjoyed you might have felt to see them awake and alert following a TBI. You should know, however, that simply surviving a TBI does not mean that are out of the woods altogether. 

How long can it take for brain injury symptoms to appear?

We have covered many different considerations regarding brain injuries on this blog, from the consequences that victims may have to suffer through to some of the different ways in which people sustain brain injuries in hospitals. Unfortunately, some people may not realize that brain injury symptoms are not always evident right away. In fact, it can take quite a while for these consequences to appear, which can be difficult for different reasons. If you suspect that your brain was injured due to another person's negligence, it is important to look into the issue regardless of whether you notice any symptoms right away.

Breaking down the Glasgow Coma Scale

The term "traumatic brain injury" seems to indicate an injury so severe that many might assume them to be rare. However, in this context, "traumatic" is meant to be more of an indicator of the cause of a brain injury rather than the severity of the injury itself. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that as recently as 2013, 2.8 million people in the U.S. suffered TBIs severe enough to require hospital treatment. The families and friends of those in Albuquerque who suffer such injuries no doubt want to know immediately what the lasting effects of them will be. 

Can lack of oxygen during birth cause brain injuries?

“Fetal distress” typically refers to a soon-to-be-born child’s inadequate access to oxygen before, throughout and immediately after labor. If you believe your child suffers from a preventable brain injury that occurred during labor or near birth in New Mexico, you may have the basis for a lawsuit.

Why can the brain bleed weeks after a head injury?

If you have been in an accident in New Mexico where your head slammed on a hard surface, be sure to mark the date. You might not have any problems -- no headache, no dizziness, no blurry vision -- but six weeks down the line, you might. That head injury could lead to a slow brain bleed, which will not show any outside symptoms right away. In fact, it might not even show up on a CT scan. 

Helping your child learn to live with a traumatic brain injury

Your child has recently returned home from the hospital after an extensive recovery for a traumatic brain injury. You are now entering a new phase of life where you and your family will need to work together to help your injured child learn how to live with the significant lifestyle changes that are a consequence of his or her TBI. At Curtis & Lucero Attorneys, we have helped many families in New Mexico to work through the legal process when their child has been the victim of a serious TBI. 

Brain injuries and lifestyle changes

People sustain brain injuries in many ways, whether they hit their head or are not given the level of care they deserve by a medical professional. Unfortunately, those who suffer a brain injury may find that their lives are thrown off-course in many different ways. For example, activities that they used to enjoy and even their relationships with friends and family members may be adversely affected by the injury. As a result, those who believe their brain injury was caused by a medical professional's negligent actions should immediately go over their options.

What are some different head injuries people suffer in crashes?

There are many ways in which a motor vehicle crash victim may be hurt, from breaking a bone to a deep laceration. However, head injuries are especially common in motor vehicle collisions and they can upend victims’ lives in various ways. For example, a car crash victim who is struggling with a heady injury may not be able to work or enjoy life to its fullest following the accident. Memory loss, personality changes, trouble sleeping, and emotional hardships are just some of the problems that those who have sustained a brain injury in a wreck may experience. Moreover, there are different types of head injuries.

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