This April, the New York State Brain Injury Association put on an art show in Albany, New York, to spread awareness about brain injuries. Every photo and painting had a corresponding backstory about the artists and how they got injured.

One artist interviewed at the Albany art show stated she has become passionate about photography after her injury because she does not want to forget certain moments. This is an example of how brain injuries can have serious cognitive effects. There are a number of other common cognitive impairments that occur due to brain injuries.

Memory loss

Brain injuries are associated with a variety of psychological symptoms, including memory problems. Short-term memory impairment is especially common. People with brain injuries may have trouble remembering names or faces or learning new information.

Language impairment

Difficulty finding words to say or making sense of conversations may occur after a brain injury. Someone who has suffered such an injury might take a long time to find words to say or have difficulty understanding directions. For example, the same woman at the art show explained how she had to learn how to talk and read again. Basic functions such as having conversations require patience on all sides in these situations.

Reduced visual perception

Brain injuries can cause difficulty making sense of pictures and shapes or finding the way around a location. Problems recognizing human faces may also occur. Injured people may also have a hard time drawing or painting, which is why events like the art show in Albany are important.

Depending on the extent of the damage, brain injuries can cause serious impairments. These cognitive problems may be temporary or last a lifetime. If you or someone you know is dealing with the effects of a brain injury, make sure to consult a personal injury lawyer. Seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering can help.