It is your first day back to work after a frontal lobe injury. You have followed the doctor’s orders and spent time at home on bed rest. Now, however, you are sitting at your desk and staring at the computer screen. You can’t remember your login information. You slam your fist on the desk in frustration, and your co-workers stare, never having seen you so quick to anger. You feel you don’t belong there anymore because your injury has changed things. Since the accident, you feel lost and confused.
Effects of Frontal Lobe Injury
The frontal lobe is a large area of the brain just behind the forehead. Because of its location, it is more likely to sustain damage from a blow or a fall. It is one of four cerebral lobes, along with the parietal, temporal and occipital lobes. Each section of the brain controls different functions. The frontal lobe is essential to working memory, good decision-making, and the ability to foresee consequences of specific actions. An injury to your frontal lobe can have some of the following results:
- Loss of ability to retrieve information from your memory
- Impulsiveness, lack of self-control
- Taking risks without considering consequences
- Problems with motor functions
- Loss of facial expression
- Changes in language skills
- Personality changes
As with all types of traumatic brain injury, it is hard to predict how long some of the effects will last. In some instances, the changes to your personality, working memory or language skills may be permanent. A frontal lobe injury may significantly affect your life, your ability to earn money and your family’s security far beyond a hospital stay. If someone else caused your injury purposely or through negligence, you should get immediate legal assistance to ensure financial compensation.
Causes of At-Fault Frontal Lobe Injury
If another person shoves you from behind, slamming your forehead into a wall, the impact could bruise your frontal lobe. If someone intentionally attacks you, that person would be liable for your resulting injury. Whether the individual was merely running past you, not paying attention, and accidentally pushed you into the wall, that party is liable for your injury through negligence.
Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury
Each brain injury is unique, according to the Brain Injury Association of America. The effects of such an injury are also unique and varied. Also, the cause of the injury and its location make a difference in treatment and recovery.
For some people, a traumatic brain injury in the frontal lobe may be the beginning of a lifelong struggle with rehabilitation, according to BIAA. Often, treatment is a continuum that you may need to enter and exit more than once. Additionally, you may require either continual treatment or sporadic care for the rest of your life.
From the day of your injury, you may need some or all of the treatments below:
- Emergency care
- Intensive care
- Inpatient rehabilitation
- Prescription drugs, including non-coagulants, anti-depressives, pain relievers, anti-convulsants, sedatives or stimulants
- Long-term care
- Residential transitional treatment
- Nursing care at a facility
- Nursing care at home
- Outpatient treatment or behavioral therapy
- Supported living in a group home
Get Legal Guidance for Your Frontal Lobe Injury Case
At Rizio Liberty Lipinsky, we are experienced frontal lobe injury lawyers who will fight for the compensation you deserve. We will help you get payment for damages from the at-fault party to protect your family’s financial future now. Call us today at 888-292-8888 to arrange a free initial consultation, or fill out our online form.