Traumatic brain injuries can lead to long-term effects

On Behalf of | May 27, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Being involved in a car crash is a harrowing experience, especially for those who suffer a catastrophic injury. One injury that may be caused by a collision is a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can cause significant life changes for a victim.

For some TBIs, being able to get swift treatment can mitigate the damages they have to deal with.

Cognitive impacts

The cognitive impacts of a TBI can make it difficult to live a normal life. These issues often appear as difficulty with concentration and memory. Those problems can make it difficult to work because the person may not be able to remember required steps for getting a job done or rules that apply while they’re working.

The changes in information processing can also make life challenging. They may affect the person’s ability to react to situations around them, which can have a negative impact on their ability to drive, work and handle normal daily tasks. Even communication can suffer because the individual may have trouble understanding spoken words or reading information.

Physical limitations

TBIs can sometimes lead to physical limitations, including paralysis. It’s often possible to learn new ways to do tasks, but that might be difficult. Occupational and physical therapy may help victims to learn different accommodations that are beneficial.

Some people who suffer paralysis from a TBI will need to make major life changes, such as having to use a wheelchair, make modifications to their home or purchase an adaptive vehicle. All of these can be costly undertakings.

Victims of motor vehicle crashes often need costly medical care. In the case of a catastrophic injury, financially losses can also include long-term care and lost income. Victims may opt to pursue a compensation claim from the negligent party who caused the crash. Working with a legal representative who can assist with getting the case together and filing it before the statute of limitations expires can benefit victims who need to seek justice for the harm they’ve suffered.