A traumatic brain injury can affect every single aspect of your life. This includes your cognitive abilities. While physical difficulties might be what most people think are the worst parts of suffering a brain injury, many people with brain injuries find out that the cognitive difficulties are even worse.
Cognitive abilities affect the way you think. This can include how you remember things, how you understand things and how you make decisions. The cognitive deficits that are associated with a brain injury can lead to some very dangerous situations because the cognitive deficits can lead to impulse problems.
Other issues that can be affected by cognitive deficits include how you process and understand information. Your memory, the way you communicate and how you plan things can also be affected.
Dealing with the cognitive deficits that you experience can be challenging. This is because there isn't really any one-size-fits-all solution to cognitive deficits. In some cases, these deficits will be short-term but in other cases they can be long-term.
Oftentimes, a person with a brain injury that leads to cognitive deficits will need help from multiple professionals. This is an expensive endeavor, especially if your injuries are severe.
For people who are having to seek care for a brain injury that was caused by an accident, exploring their options for compensation might be feasible. If the accident was caused by another person, you might be able to be compensated for the costs of medical bills and other damages, such as the time you had to take off of work because of the injuries.
Source: Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, "Cognitive Problems after Traumatic Brain Injury," accessed March 11, 2016