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Brain injury and sense of smell and taste

A brain injury can leave the sufferer with life-changing symptoms, which they have to learn to cope with and manage day-to-day.

Although typically people will list memory loss, speech problems, and changes in personality as some of the main issues they, and their family and friends, have to deal with, there are some individuals who suffer from more unusual symptoms.

For example, when specific nerves and brain cells are damaged, this may leave a person with a smell or taste disorder.

Disorders related to the sense of smell or taste

Parts of the brain, such as the olfactory centres, are responsible for our sense of smell and taste. If they are damaged, this can have an effect on the way someone’s brain interprets signals coming from the nerves connected to the mouth and nose.

Someone who has suffered a head injury may suffer from a range of taste and smell disorders, such as:

These issues might not seem as serious as other symptoms of head injury, but they can severely impact someone’s quality of life. For example, their enjoyment of food can be greatly reduced, leading to loss of appetite and, consequently, loss of weight.

Furthermore, the individual’s safety might be compromised, since they may no longer be able to smell smoke, gas leaks and other dangerous fumes, food which has gone off, or be able to identify products which are fit for consumption and others which are not if they are not clearly labeled, for example cleaning products and drinks.

Taste and smell disorder claims

If you are suffering from one of the disorders listed above, due to a brain injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation.

For expert advice and representation from George Ide’s professional and approachable personal injury solicitors, please contact us today on 0800 132 342.