If you’re involved in a traffic collision, one of the injuries that you might suffer from is a traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury can range from mild to severe, depending on what happens and which parts of the brain are injured.
Car crashes are more likely to cause these injuries when there is an abrupt stop or serious impact. For example, if you hit your head on the window or you are hit from behind and suffer from whiplash, then you may develop a traumatic brain injury as a response.
What happens when someone suffers a traumatic brain injury?
When a person suffers from a traumatic brain injury, they may have several symptoms. Some common symptoms include:
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Memory and concentration problems
- Mood swings
- Trouble with speech
It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible after a car crash, because failing to do so may result in greater symptoms developing as the injury worsens due to swelling or bleeding.
What are some complications of a traumatic brain injury?
Some complications of traumatic brain injuries may include:
- Infections from penetrating wounds or skull fractures
In the longer term, some people develop dizziness, ringing in the ears, paralysis of the facial muscles and other symptoms that may or may not improve over time.
How can a traumatic brain injury impact you into the future?
When you suffer from a traumatic brain injury, there is a risk that you will have cognitive problems and issues with executive functions long into the future. You may struggle with communication or have to deal with changes in your mood or behavior. Your relationships may change, and you may need more help than you needed to deal with your daily activities than you did in the past.
It’s important to talk to your attorney about all the ways that you’ve been impacted by your injury. They’ll work on your behalf to try to get you a fair settlement for the pain and suffering you’ve been through. They can also represent you at trial if you need to sue for compensation.