The frontal lobe is the section of the brain which is located in the front of the skull above the eyes. It is the part of the brain that is the largest and injured the most frequently. The frontal lobe is responsible for controlling motor skills, such as hand/eye coordination and also emotions, conscious thought and personality. A traumatic brain injury to the frontal lobe can drastically change who you are. Impact damage to the frontal lobe may affect your judgment, motivation, attention span and even your capacity for organization.
The frontal lobe is divided into a left and a right hemisphere. Both of those hemispheres, or lobes, determine who you are through your personality and emotions. People who injure their frontal lobe may become impulsive and engage in risky behavior. Both lobes control social, emotional, and sexual behavior as well as motor skills.
The left frontal lobe is the logical side whereas the right frontal lobe is the non-verbal communicative or creative side. You have probably heard someone say that they need to use the right or left side of their brain to perform a particular task. It is said that an artist uses the right side of the brain and the engineer uses the left. Then there is the lighting designer who is required to use both the creative right and the logical left. The right lobe is concerned with the awareness of emotions and facial expressions as well as detecting tone of voice. The left lobe is involved with positive emotions where the right lobe is involved with negative.
The Results of Traumatic Brain Injury to the Frontal Lobe
The frontal lobe can be damaged in a number of ways. Auto accidents, falls, sports injury, and gunshot wounds can all be the cause of frontal lobe damage. Damage to the left side will impact language and verbal skills while right frontal lobe damage will affect non-verbal communication and negative emotions.
The extent, location and the characteristics of the damage will determine the amount of dysfunction as will your ability prior to the injury. Your physician should perform a complete neuropsychological evaluation to determine the extent of dysfunction. Speech, motor skills, spontaneity, impulse control, memory, problem solving, language and social skills should all be evaluated.
Frontal lobe damage is often permanent but varying degrees of functioning may be regained through rehabilitation. Working hard to strengthen existing skills, while compensating for those which were diminished or lost, creates the best path to recovery. You may have to adjust to changes like writing with the opposite hand, relearning speech, and living with changes in mood and personality. Having a strong support group and a powerful will is paramount to recovery.
The Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one received a traumatic brain injury to the frontal lobe the road to even partial recovery may be long and arduous. It may require physical rehabilitation, psychological treatment and career retraining over a period of many years. If the injury was caused by the negligence or malice of another person it is imperative that you seek the counsel of an experience brain injury attorney. The cost of any traumatic brain injury over a lifetime can be monumental. You may need to work in a career that pays a lot less income or you may not be able to work at all. You may need professional rehabilitation for life. There will be both physical and emotional pain and suffering as well as suffering caused to those close to you. A skilled brain injury attorney knows the value of your case and will fight vehemently to get you the compensation you deserve.
Dolman Law Group and our team of traumatic brain injury lawyers have one many large cash awards for people who have received brain injuries through no fault of their own. If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury from a fall, auto accident, workplace accident, assault, or any other means, call Dolman Law Group today and speak with an experienced brain injury attorney. You may be entitled to damages for present and future medical bills, lost income, as well as pain and suffering. You pay nothing until we win. Call us at (727) 853-6275.
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