Brain injury can occur as a result of trauma where there is either a loss of blood flow to the brain or where the sudden movement of the brain causes a disruption of the nerve cells causing micro shearing and in some cases bleeding which causes swelling and the death of nerve cells.
While there is a tendency for some improvement from the initial symptoms of a brain injury, the effects of a brain injury are permanent. Not all brain injuries are readily apparent in their milder forms but ongoing symptoms of cognitive and behavioral changes are a tell tale sign that the effects of the trauma were more severe than initially thought.
The effects of traumatic brain injury whether mild, moderate or severe can include a combination of few or many symptoms including: chronic dizziness or nausea, changes in memory, changes in tolerance to noise, changes in comprehension or memory of written material or oral language, overall changes in personality including with withdrawing socially, alteration of smell or taste, often feeling confused or failing to understand things, changes in physical abilities.
Early treatment with cognitive and psychological therapy is important for both optimal recovery and coping skills as well as identify and documenting the existence of a brain injury and its symptoms.
Experienced counsel will assist in accessing important resources for the identification and treatment of traumatic brain injury. An early assessment will assist in both appropriate referrals for treatment as well as documenting what can be a permanent and life changing event for victims of traumatic brain injury.