Head injuries are one of the most common types of injuries following an auto accident. These types of injuries significantly impact the individual’s physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. The severity and long-term consequences of these types of injuries can vary depending on several factors. These include the force of the impact, the use of safety restraints (seatbelts), the kind of head injury sustained, and the promptness and effectiveness of medical treatment. Here are some of the short- and long-term impacts of these types of injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by a sudden and violent blow or jolt to the body or head. These blows and jolts occur either as the car slows down near-instantaneously following an accident or if the vehicle rolls after one. Traumatic brain injuries can also occur if an object penetrates the brain tissue causing extensive damage.

There are different types of TBIs that can range from mild concussions to serious long-term impairments.

Physical Impairments

Head injuries can also cause physical impairments depending on the area of the brain affected and the injuries’ severity. In almost all cases, these physical impairments are permanent. They can include sensory impairments including hearing and vision loss, speech difficulties, muscle paralysis or weakness, and motor deficits.

These impairments permanently alter the individual’s life, making it difficult or impossible for them to live, work or enjoy life like they used to. Because of these effects, individuals who have these injuries resulting from the negligence or actions of another party can sue for compensation with the help of a personal injury attorney.

Memory and Cognitive Issues

As with physical impairments, the area of the brain injured during the car accident as well as the severity of the injury can cause memory and cognitive functions. Some of the functions impaired include problem-solving abilities, concentration, reasoning, and attention.

Some people can also have problems processing information, maintaining focus, and organizing thoughts. Some may also have partial or complete memory loss. Memory loss can be exacerbated by shock and trauma as the brain tries to hide painful memories of the accident.

Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)

In mild cases, concussion symptoms typically appear a week or two after a car accident or other event and subside within three months. However, they can last more than a year which is far longer than expected, especially for the severity of the injury. In such cases, the individual is said to have developed post-concussion syndrome, also called persistent post-concussion symptoms.

The symptoms of this type of head injury include persistent headaches, concentration challenges, dizziness, and memory issues. Because of how debilitating the symptoms can be, post-concussion syndrome can severely impact an individual’s life.

Emotional and Behavioral Changes

Different parts of the brain are responsible for emotions and behavior, and damage to either one could lead to serious changes. Individuals who suffer traumatic brain injuries and other head injuries can experience mood swings, depression, anxiety, personality changes, impulsiveness, loss of inhibition, and irritability.

These changes mainly impact social interactions, disrupt relationships and limit one’s ability to cope with daily stressors and life. Individuals may also find it harder to work in an office or other social context because of their inability to cope or form the relationships crucial for doing so.

Financial and Lifestyle Impact

It is important for people who suffer head injuries in auto accidents to seek immediate medical attention. They should also follow their healthcare provider’s diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation recommendations. The problem is that all these services can be costly, leading to a substantial financial impact on the individual and their family.

Additionally, there is the potential for loss of income following an accident, which also has negative financial impacts. Families can find some relief by suing for compensation through an auto accident attorney. The family must also adapt to the individual’s or family’s lifestyle while making adjustments and accommodations to ensure their loved one is cared for properly.

Auto accidents lead to different injuries and fatalities in some cases. The impacts of these accidents can be felt immediately and long after they have happened. They are also felt by and impact the individual and their family.

Due to the devastation that follows, the individual can pursue their legal rights to get compensated for their pain, suffering, and damages. Our attorneys at Denmon Pearlman Law are dedicated to helping individuals get fair and full compensation following an auto accident. You can talk to our attorneys directly by visiting our offices at the following locations:

  • Tampa – 2504 W Crest Ave, Tampa, FL 33614
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