An accident can change the life of a victim in an instant, especially if the victim suffered serious injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are common injuries suffered in car accidents, and they can have a long-term impact on a person’s ability to work and live a normal life. In serious cases, these injuries significantly change life for the victim’s family as well. If you or a loved one suffered a TBI, you may need help picking up the pieces and moving forward.
TBIs range in type and severity. The specific ways it will affect a victim depends on the force and location of the impact and other factors, such as the health of the victim at the time of the accident. While short-term implications are often emergent and apparent, other effects from a TBI may not become apparent until weeks or months after an accident. It may not be possible to fully understand the effects of a TBI until years later.
TBIs are unpredictable, and it is often not possible to accurately predict the final outcome of these injuries right away. Immediate complications include dizziness, vomiting, head pain, swelling and more. Over time, other injury-related complications may be evident, including:
- Seizures — Long-term, a severe TBI can make a person more prone to suffering from seizures.
- Hydrocephalus — This is fluid build-up on the brain, a condition that makes one more prone to swelling and pressure.
- Headaches and vertigo — These are two things that individuals with TBIs may experience even years after their initial injury.
TBI sufferers may also experience loss of taste, memory issues, trouble with reasoning, speech issues, hearing loss, motor skill reduction and much more. These things can make it difficult to hold a job or even take care of oneself without help. Some brain injuries may also lead to a change in personality, something that can be extremely difficult for family members and loved ones.
Help and support
Individuals with TBIs often need long-term help and support. The medical bills can be expensive, and ongoing care may be more than a family can afford. If you or your loved one’s TBI is the result of another party’s reckless behavior or negligence, you could have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim. This may allow you to secure the compensation you need for medical bills and non-economic losses you experienced as a result of your accident.