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How Traumatic Brain Injuries Impair Executive Functioning

Executive Brain Functioning

Each March, the nation recognizes National Brain Injury Awareness Month. Traumatic brain injuries are a devastating injury that affects an estimated 2.4 million people each year in the United States. Many of these injuries are the result of a motor vehicle accident. When the accident involves a large commercial truck, the risk of a brain injury is especially high. Unfortunately, brain injuries can have numerous effects on a victim, including impairing executive functioning.

12 Ways a Brain Injury Can Impact Executive Functioning

Executive functioning is a term used to describe the management, regulation, and control of the cognitive processes. These processes help a person manage life tasks of all types. When a victim of a traumatic brain injury suffers from impaired executive functioning, he or she may have difficulty with any of the following:

  • Analyzing

  • Problem-solving

  • Prioritizing

  • Troubleshooting

  • Planning

  • Sequencing

  • Evaluating

  • Reasoning

  • Organizing

  • Directing

  • Monitoring

  • Multi-tasking

When executive functioning is impaired, victims may face an uphill battle when it comes to returning to daily life. With brain injuries comes expensive, long-term medical and rehabilitation bills. In addition, they may be unable to return to work and experience lost wages for an substantial amount of time. It is therefore crucial that victims and their families take the proper steps in order to protect a victim’s rights to compensation after a crash. If you were involved in an accident or were otherwise injured that led to a brain injury, we strongly encourage you to let our experienced firm evaluate your case. Contact us today for a FREE consultation. 


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