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What are some indicators of right hemisphere brain damage?

The way that brain damage impacts a person depends to a large degree on what part of the brain is injured. Damage to the right hemisphere will often show up with a few standard signs or indicators, though, it is important to note that brain injuries are not the same for everyone. Still, a few things to look out for include:

-- Trouble paying attention or concentrating. This can make work or school very hard, and could just make it hard to carry on a conversation.

-- Issues with perception, often on the left side. For instance, visual perception could be impaired so that it's hard to read words that are printed on a page's left side. This can impact many day-to-day activities, such as eating or using a computer.

-- Difficulty solving problems or reasoning. Sometimes, it's hard to pick out problems that, before the injury, would have been easy to identify, and it can also be hard to solve them. For example, someone who is out of gas may have trouble coming to the conclusion that it's time to go to the gas station.

-- Issues with memory. People may forget things that they just learned, or they may end up repeating themselves often.

-- Difficulty connecting abstract ideas and language. For example, jokes may be hard to comprehend, as they could be taken literally, or metaphors may not make sense.

-- Social issues. People with this type of brain injury may talk when they shouldn't or say things that are offensive without understanding the social situation or reading social cues.

These are just a few examples, but they can help you identify right hemisphere brain damage so that you can take the right legal steps to seek compensation in North Carolina.

Source: ASHA, "Right Hemisphere Brain Damage," accessed Feb. 04, 2016

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