Brain injuries can cause long-term damage to accident victims

People who have been involved in auto accidents may suffer from brain injuries that could have negative effects on their lives.

Whether people are involved in a minor fender bender or a catastrophic collision, they may leave the accident with a traumatic brain injury. Brain trauma can range from mild to severe, depending on the force of impact and the area of the brain that was injured. In any case, brain damage can have long lasting cognitive effects and change the way people are able to live their lives

The beginning of a brain injury

Brain injuries can occur when the sudden jolt of a car accident causes the brain to hit up against the hard interior skull bone. The brain may begin to bleed, bruise and swell as a result of the impact. Some injured victims may notice the damage immediately. However, in some cases, people may not know that they have a brain injury for several days after the accident. Since immediate medical attention is best for people suffering from brain injuries, this lapse in time and delay in diagnosis can be detrimental to people with a brain injury. In fact, it can make it more difficult for the injured victim to recover and go on to live a normal life.

Consequences of TBI

Since every brain injury case is unique, people may display varying signs and symptoms of TBI. While some people may recover from their brain trauma and regain a good portion of their abilities, others could experience long-term consequences that they must learn to live with. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, these impairments may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Sensory deficits, such as trouble seeing and/or hearing

• Difficulties writing, speaking or understanding language

• Changes in one's ability to problem-solve, make decisions, organize and plan events

• Problems swallowing and muscle spasms

Some brain injuries may make it difficult or even impossible for the victim to return to work or enjoy certain recreational activities.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reported that nearly half of people suffering from serious head injuries must undergo surgery to remove damaged brain cells and hematomas. In addition, people may need ongoing physical, speech and behavioral therapy to help correct the damage caused by the accident.

Seeking compensation

Extensive medical procedures and treatments can amount to costly bills. Furthermore, the pain and suffering could cause unnecessary emotional and physical trauma. If you have been involved in a car accident caused by another person's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain, lost wages from work and emotional trauma. You may want to seek assistance from a personal injury attorney who knows the laws and regulations in Michigan.