The Devastating Effects of Brain Injuries
March is Brain Injury Awareness month! Every year, there are more than 1.7 million cases of traumatic brain injuries in the United States, and this number increases every year.1 Statistics also show us that the most common reasons for a person to sustain a brain injury are: falls, struck by objects, and car collisions!2 As a personal injury law firm, we have personally seen the devastating effects a brain injury can have on car accident victims and wanted to do our part to spread awareness about this issue.
Traumatic brain injuries, otherwise known as TBI, are some of the most severe injuries a car accident victim can sustain. Even drivers and passengers wearing their seatbelt are susceptible to a brain injury through whiplash. Typically, whiplash is a non-life-threatening injury and can cause a victim to suffer back pain, neck pain, fatigue, dizziness, and other symptoms. In extreme cases of whiplash, your brain can shake or rotate, causing the destruction of brain cells.
For many car accident victims, it’s not always apparent that they are suffering from a brain injury. Knowing symptoms of a brain injury can save yours or another person’s life.
What you should do if you suspect a brain injury
At what point should you suspect a brain injury after a traffic collision? Although you may not be able to, necessarily, see brain damage, there are many red-flag symptoms associated with brain injuries. If you or a loved one suffer from any of these symptoms after an accident, immediately see your doctor:
- Loss of coordination
- Slurred speech
- Poor concentration
- Memory problems
- Personality changes3
Getting diagnosed with a brain injury as early as possible is the best thing you can do for yourself or a loved one. After a car collision, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
The effects of a brain injury
More than 5.3 million people in the U.S. who have survived their traumatic brain injury have a lifelong disability because of the brain damage they sustained. A brain injury can affect a victim’s cognition, behaviors, emotional state, state, and occupational skills. This can include:
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
- Impaired language skills
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of balance
- Increased risk of stroke and seizures
- Impaired cognitive function
- Partial paralysis
- Degenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s4
Treating the effects of a brain injury requires extensive rehabilitation. You may need one or all of the following types of treatments for recovery: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and physiological support.
For those learning how to cope with a brain injury, their lives will never be the same. Everyday tasks many of us take for granted, such as speaking and walking, become more difficult, if not impossible, for car accident victims who have sustained a brain injury. This can make living a normal life difficult. Take, for example, that 60 percent of people who have suffered a brain injury will be unemployed, on average, for two years.
With unemployment rates so high, it’s hard for those who suffer from a brain injury to afford the average costs of treatments. Traumatic brain injuries can cost a person anywhere from $85,000 to $3 million.5 Imagine: You have expensive medical bills piling up and no way you can afford to pay them, all because of an injury that may not have been your fault.
If you have sustained severe injuries from a traffic collision and it wasn’t your fault, hire a personal injury lawyer to recover the compensation you deserve.
Why you should hire a personal injury lawyer
Have you or a loved one sustained a brain injury in a car accident because of a negligent and reckless driver? With tens of thousands of millions required to treat such an injury, you deserve to be compensated for those treatments, plus for other damages you might have suffered from because of your accident. We can help. Wilshire Law Firm’s personal injury attorneys will fight aggressively on your behalf so you are compensated!
Call for a free consultation at 1-800-522-7274.
- com, “The Facts About the Long-Term Effects of a Head Injury,” https://www.spinalcord.com/blog/the-facts-about-the-long-term-effects-of-a-head-injury
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “TBI: Get the Facts,” https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html
- John Hopkins Medicine, “Rehabilitation After Traumatic Brain Injury,” https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/nervous_system_disorders/rehabilitation_after_traumatic_brain_injury_135,2
- Northwestern Now, “The Steep Cost of Brain Injury Recovery,” https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2015/12/opinion-next-avenue-brain-injury/