Is there a difference between left brain and right brain injuries?

sketch of left and right hemispheres of the brainThe brain is your body’s computer, performing all of the functions necessary for human activity. Everything you do—including moving your limbs, understanding social cues, and even breathing—starts as a signal in a specific area of your brain.

The brain is divided into two halves, known as hemispheres, with each half controlling the movement and sensation for the opposite side of the body. If you were to suffer a brain injury, the location of the impact could play a role in predicting the types of symptoms you may experience.

What to Expect After a Left-Brain Injury

The left half of the brain houses your language and communication center. If this area is damaged, you could experience:

  • Difficulty speaking or understanding spoken language
  • Trouble reading and writing
  • Inability to recall certain words
  • Difficulty expressing yourself verbally
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Problems with logic or sequencing
  • Impaired control of the right side of the body

What to Expect After a Right-Brain Injury

The right half of the brain governs intuitive functions and helps you put pieces of information together to make a full picture. Trauma to the right side of the brain may result in:

  • Difficulty recognizing or recalling faces
  • Inability to pick up on nonverbal cues
  • Difficulty following spoken or visual patterns (such as interpreting music or art)
  • Trouble expressing or understanding emotions
  • Coordination problems from an impaired sense of distance or spatial arrangement
  • Inability to recognize deficits or judge hazards accurately
  • Changes in creativity or imagination
  • Impaired control of the left side of the body

There are many symptoms that can arise regardless of where the head trauma occurred. Victims often suffer slowed or impaired cognitive skills, confusion, difficulty concentrating, attention deficits, and other complications that prevent them from earning a living and affect their quality of life. As these accidents can have long-lasting consequences, it is important that you get full payment for your suffering that will last throughout your lifetime.

At GriffithLaw, we offer brain injury clients a free initial consultation to understand their concerns and explain their legal options. We also represent their interests on a contingent fee basis and do not collect anything unless we secure a recovery. To learn more about your claim, download a free copy of our book, The 10 Worst Mistakes You Can Make With Your Tennessee Injury Case.