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The cognitive problems associated with traumatic brain injuries

People in Florida are involved in accidents every day. Many times people are hurt in these accidents and must deal with the injuries. Some injuries do not have a great effect on the person's life and they continue to live life normally. However, other injuries can have a great effect on the person's life, prohibiting them from doing the activities they love or even from working.

One type of injury that can have a great effect on the victim's life is a traumatic brain injury. These injuries have long lasting effects on the victim both physically and mentally. The cognitive issues can also last for a long time and a person may never fully recover.

A person's cognitive skills also come back slowly and in phases. As a person recovers they will first gain their attention back. This means their ability to focus on one activity for a period of time, then being able to focus on multiple things at once and finally being able to switch their attention back and forth between different things. Next any ringing in the ears, tingling limbs and vision tends to improve. Then they may start to regain their memory, first their long-term and then short-term. Next organizational skills and problem solving come back. The last skill to recover is judgment which refers to safety judgment and interpersonal judgment.

These cognitive skills are important for a person to participate in most of life's activities and generally necessary for one to work. So, if the recovery takes a long time, the person may not be able to work or at least work in his or her particular field for a long time. This can be very difficult financially for the victim and his or her family.

When these injuries are caused by accidents due to other's negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation though, which can be very beneficial during the recovery process. Attorneys understand the devastating effects of brain injuries and may be able to help one obtain the compensation they deserve.

Source: byyourside.org, "Learning about traumatic brain injury" Brain Injury Association of Florida, Inc., accessed on January 5, 2014

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