There are a thousand different injuries that you could suffer as a result of a car accident. You could injure your back and neck through whiplash, or face broken bones and internal bleeding. However, one of the worst injuries you can have is a traumatic brain injury. Here are some of the ways that a brain injury can cause symptoms that can accompany you for the rest of your life.
The nature of traumatic brain injuries
The problem with brain injuries is that they are so unpredictable. There is much that doctors still don’t know about the human brain. Coupled with the fact that there are so many different ways that your brain can sustain damage in a car crash, it can be nearly impossible for a doctor to predict the full extent of the symptoms that you could face.
Despite this, there are some trends that people with traumatic brain injuries tend to follow, that can give you some idea of what to expect. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has studied victims of traumatic brain injuries over a five-year period to get an idea of the long-term effects that such injuries can have.
Moderate to severe brain injuries shorten a person’s lifespan by an average of nine years. In addition, survivors of these injuries can be up to 50 times more likely to experience seizures, nine times more likely to contract certain types of infections, and six times more likely to develop pneumonia.
What are your options?
Fortunately, you have the option of hiring an attorney and bringing a lawsuit against the party responsible for your accident. If you are successful in this lawsuit, you could possibly recover several different types of damages.
For example, if your traumatic brain injury left you with the inability to do the work that you used to do to support your family, you can ask to be compensated for loss of earning capacity. If you do, the court will look at things such as your previous salary, your health and your skillset to determine how much the other party must pay you so that you can continue to provide for your family despite your injury.
No amount of money can truly put you back in the position that you were in before you suffered your accident. But a lawsuit could allow you to live comfortably while you focus on recovering from your injury.