A brain injury should be treated as a serious injury, no matter how minor it might seem. Even concussions, which are considered mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), can have considerable impacts right away and far into the future. It is imperative that anyone who suffers from one of these injuries has at least a basic understanding of how it might impact him or her.
One of the areas that can easily be impacted by a brain injury is your memory. In some cases, this only a temporary issue that abates as the injury heals. Others aren't so fortunate and the struggles with memory persist long into the future. Finding coping mechanisms to help with this is necessary. Some of these ways you might be able to improve your memory or at least reduce the frustration that comes with memory problems is to write everything down that you need to remember and leave yourself voice reminders.
Another area that might be impacted is your communication ability. This can make it hard to understand people. In some cases, people might have trouble understanding you. It can impact your speech and your hearing. Even comprehension can be negatively affected.
When you think about these two effects of brain injuries, you can see how much your life might be affected. For one thing, holding a job might be difficult to impossible if you can't remember your job functions and can't communicate effectively. Not being able to work can make it impossible to support yourself.
If the brain injury is because of an accident, you might choose to file a claim for compensation. This is based on recklessness, negligence or intentional actions on the part of the person who is liable for the accident.
Source: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Potential Effects," accessed Jan. 11, 2018