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If you have had a friend or relative experience a serious brain injury, you no doubt have many questions about what to expect. Massachusetts residents facing these situations can expect a wide range of things based upon the nature of the specific injury.

As explained by Brainline.org, many factors play into how a person’s life will change after a brain injury. These include the initial physical healing that may take place within the early days and weeks after the trauma occurs. Also integral into the long-term effects of an injury is what part of the brain sustained damage as different parts of the brain control different functions. For many people, it is a change in cognitive ability that may most dramatically change day-to-day life.

Cognitive difficulties can manifest in multiple ways but often include a general slowness in all functions. After a serious brain injury, your loved one may think and process information at a much slower rate. This can also translate into a slower rate of speech and a greater amount of time needed to transition from one thought or activity to another. Transitions that happen too abruptly can be disorienting or confusing to people. Maintaining concentration or even retaining newly learned information can be a big challenge to people with brain injuries. Caregivers will need to have a high level of patience and knowledge about the injury in order to help compensate as needed.

This is not meant to be legal advice but rather provide an overview of how a serious brain injury may affect a person in Massachusetts.