Symptoms of an On the Job Brain Injury Depend on Which Lobe Was Damaged

South Carolina’s workforce is made up of many people engaged in medium and heavy-duty labor. For this reason and many others, brain injuries commonly occur at work in Lexington, SC and other parts of our state.  Whether you experience a concussion or severe closed head injury, your brain could be harmed. Any trauma to the brain should be taken seriously. Likewise, it is important to know not only that damage occurred, but also what part of the brain has been affected. If you are seeking an attorney, it is equally important that the attorney understands enough about neuroscience to explain the issues and properly present your case.

There are four lobes that make up our brain. We have a frontal lobe, temporal lobe, occipital lobe, and parietal lobe. Each lobe controls certain behaviors and functions. Therefore, an injury to the frontal lobe may produce different symptoms than damage to the occipital lobe.

The frontal lobe is responsible for decision-making, problem solving, and planning. Possible effects of an injury to this lobe include:

  • Difficulty making decisions;
  • Decreased attention;
  • Lack of spontaneity;
  • Uncontrolled emotions; and
  • Inability to verbally express oneself

The temporal lobe is responsible for functions such as memory, speech, visual perception, and emotional responses. The possible changes one can experience if the temporal lobe is damaged in a work accident are:

  • Difficulty recognizing faces and finding objects;
  • Problems identifying objects;
  • Persistent talking; and
  • Difficulty understanding people when they speak

The occipital lobe is involved with vision and color recognition. Some problems one may experience due to occipital lobe damage are:

  • Hallucinations;
  • Difficulty reading and writing;
  • Problems visually locating objects;
  • Problems identifying colors; and
  • Vision defects

The parietal lobe’s main functions include receiving and processing sensory information from the body. When this particular lobe is affected due to an on the job closed head injury, one may experience:

  • Difficulty processing sensations;
  • Decline of academic or work skills;
  • Loss of hand-eye coordination; and
  • Decreased orientation

If you have suffered a brain injury at work or if you have any questions about the effects of trauma to the head, I encourage you to contact a Lexington, South Carolina attorney who is familiar with these issues. My job as a lawyer is to inform, counsel, and guide people toward justice. To find out how I can help you, call me today at (803) 790-2800.