Brain injury is often known as the “hidden disability” because the problems which arise from an injury to the brain are not always obvious to another person. Other people can see and often understand the limitations caused by physical disability, but difficulties with thinking skulls and behavioural changes are often misunderstood.
Some of the most common difficulties experienced following a brain injury are;-
- Lack of insight
- Personality changes
- Inappropriate behaviour
- Poor perception, recognition, and judgement
- Lack if initiative
- Physical disabilities
- Slowed responses
- Loss of physical sensations
- Poor concentration
- Poor planning and problem solving skills
- Inability to understand and communicate
- Poor memory
- Slowed or slurred speech
- Overly talkative
Understandably if someone experiences one or more of the above difficulties, it will affect how they manage their day-to-day life. Even mild brain injury can change their ability to work and their lifestyle. This means that it is important for you to look out for factors which might tip you off to this.
Ask lots of questions, don’t make assumptions, make enquiries of relatives (particularly spouses or partners) and look out for behaviours which demonstrate anything in the list above (which, incidentally, is non-exhaustive). Then refer them to a specialist Lawyer, such as a Brain Injury Group Law Firm, if you don’t there is a very real risk of under-compensation, particularly in Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) cases as these really need to be dealt with after specialist neurological and other expert evidence has been obtained. If this doesn’t happen, the likelihood is that there will be a serious risk of under-compensation occurring.