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What are the symptoms and consequences of a brain injury?

Car accidents can result in a variety of catastrophic injuries to victims, including traumatic brain injuries. The impact of a traumatic brain injury can follow and haunt car accident victims long after a car accident.

Brain injuries can make loved ones unrecognizable to family members and make it impossible for them to conduct everyday activities that they once performed with ease prior to a car accident. Some of symptoms and impacts of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) include:

  • Cognitive impacts – victims of traumatic brain injuries can experience cognitive deficiencies including those related to impaired thinking and memory.
  • Physical impacts – victims of traumatic brain injuries can experience headaches, dizziness and other physical symptoms as well.
  • Sensory impacts – victims of traumatic brain injuries can experience problems with their vision and hearing.
  • Emotional impacts – victims of traumatic brain injuries may experience mood disruptions and changes to their personality.

Unfortunately, brain injuries are not an uncommon injury suffered in car accident. The number of TBI-related visits to emergency rooms, hospitalizations and deaths increased by 53% from 2006 to 2014. During 2014, an average of 155 victims died from injuries including traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries cause death and disability each year in the United States.

Brain injuries are among the different types of catastrophic injuries car accidents may face. Car accidents are the second leading-cause of brain injuries. The impact of a traumatic brain injury can range from the rest of the victim’s life to the days following the car accident.

Traumatic brain injuries may be costly to treat and may require ongoing treatment and care. Personal injury legal protections can help protect victims and their families and help them with damages including medical expenses, future medical care costs, lost wages, lost earning-capacity and pain and suffering damages. All of these types of damages can be common in brain injury situations which is why victims need to be familiar with the legal resources available to them.