Dysarthria from Nerve and Brain Damage
When a person sustains a traumatic injury to their nerves or their brain, they may develop a condition known as dysarthria. This disorder affects a person’s physical ability to control the qualities of their voice. Unlike aphasia, which is a cognitive loss of language skills, dysarthria affects the actual nervous signals sent to the vocal cords, tongue, lungs, and other speech organs. This disability can change a person’s speech in a variety of ways, making their everyday life more difficult in the process.
What Does Dysarthria Affect?
A person suffering from dysarthria will generally still have full control over their language skills, unless they have another language disorder. Instead, their speech will be modified due to physical inabilities to properly move or shape the applicable body parts. This can affect the following speech qualities, among others:
- Quality and strength of voice
- Tonal quality
- Speed of delivery
This disorder can often be managed and potentially treated through significant speech therapy. However, this process is often expensive and can put a substantial financial burden on the injured individual.
If you or someone you love has developed dysarthria due to a brain or nerve injury caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior, we may be able to help begin the process of fighting for financial compensation for your disability management costs. For more information about how we may be able to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have, contact a lawyer from Yearout & Traylor, P.C., today by calling 205.414.8160.