Personal injury victims who’ve sustained closed head injuries may suffer long term impairments. Beyond the initial physical trauma to the brain, there is a pervasive risk of neuropsychological dysfunction. These effects range from temporary to permanent, depending on the part of the brain affected.
Some of those effects may include:
- A decline of overall functioning due to processing speed changes within the brain;
- Word finding difficulty;
- Executive brain impairment, often equating to difficulty dealing with complex problem solving, multi-tasking, and tasks that require good organizational skills;
- Memory impairment;
- Dysarthric speech, often equating to poor word articulation; and
- Difficulty incorporating instructions, possibly related to memory and focusing issues of varying severity.