Many injuries from car accidents are readily apparent, such as abrasions, bruises, and broken bones. While they are painful, they will eventually heal, and the person can go back to their normal activities.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) aren’t as visible. And their impact can be life-changing.
Car accidents are a common cause of TBIs
Many people associate TBIs with sports such as boxing or football. However, car accidents are one of the leading causes of this type of injury. Symptoms of a TBI may show up immediately, but many times, it can take days or weeks to manifest. Some common signs of a TBI include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Chronic headache
- Nausea or vomiting
- Impaired memory
- Mood swings
- Sleep problems, either insomnia or sleeping more than usual
- Blurred vision
- Light and sound sensitivity
A person may have just a few or all of the symptoms, depending on the severity of the head injury. While some people can make a full recovery, others suffer long-term problems, such as:
- Loss of mobility, balance, coordination, fine motor skills, strength and endurance
- Speech difficulties
- Lack of concentration and problem-solving skills
- Personality changes
- Exhibiting impulsive behavior
- Difficulty maintaining relationships with family and friends
- Possible job loss
- Inability to complete daily tasks such as self-care and household chores
Adapting to these changes often requires extensive rehabilitation. A TBI also changes the lives of the individual’s loved ones. They are likely to become the primary caregivers, which impacts their job and quality of life.
A TBI has a significant impact on the patient and their families. If you know someone who has suffered a TBI due to a car accident, it’s crucial they receive fair compensation for their injury. It can cover medical expenses and replace income while they recover.