The human brain is an impressive organ that performs constant, complex tasks. From the movements that you consciously make to unconscious behaviors, like breathing and regulating your heart rate, that help keep you alive, your brain is in charge of everything you do and experience.

While modern medicine has made impressive strides toward a better understanding of the human brain and how it functions, it still is impossible to completely heal a brain injury. For those dealing with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a motor vehicle crash, there can be a wide range of symptoms that affect both their personal life and their professional aspirations.

Brain injuries can affect your memory

Memory issues and problems with cognitive function are among some of the more common symptoms people have after a moderate or severe TBI. People may have trouble accessing existing memories, which could pose problems for educated professionals. Others may struggle to make new memories, which can be problematic for a wide assortment of job responsibilities.

Brain injuries can affect your balance

If a specific area of your brain winds up injured, your TBI could impact your sense of equilibrium. When you don’t have a constant sense of balance, you may struggle to even communicate, and dizziness can overwhelm people and require bed rest to manage. The worse the vertigo someone has, the more likely it is to impact their ability to work.

Brain injuries can alter someone’s behavior or personality

Depending on the location and severity of a brain injury, it is possible for a TBI to create significant changes in the way that a person behaves or expresses themselves. Some people have a complete change in personality, while others may struggle with mood disorders after a brain injury. Changes in personality or behavior could mean that someone who was once perfectly suited for a job now struggles to perform it adequately.

Brain injuries can affect motor function and strength

Your brain controls all of your physical activity, which means that a brain injury could affect anything from your strength to your flexibility. Particularly for those whose jobs require physical work, motor function symptoms from a brain injury could keep them from fulfilling their job obligations.

Brain injuries can leave some people dependent on others

Severe TBIs may put someone into a permanently comatose state or leave them unable to care for themselves or go about their lives without the help of others. For those struggling with the consequences of a moderate to severe TBI, a return to work may be impossible. In fact, they may require around-the-clock care from others.

In cases where a crash-related TBI ends someone’s career, the financial impact of that loss of income could influence any insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits brought on behalf of the victim.