Surviving Brain Injuries

Surviving Brain Injuries

Surviving Brain Injuries

Surviving Brain Injuries – Being in a car accident is a traumatic event and often severely affects the lives of those involved. Injuries sustained in a crash can take weeks, months, and even years to recover from fully and the recovery process can change the way you live your life. With some injuries, survivors may be left with symptoms that never truly go away. Such injuries can dramatically affect a person’s quality of life and can mean permanent changes for both them and their families. One of the most common types of accident trauma that can leave victims with lasting symptoms is traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

What are Some Common TBI Symptoms?

Symptoms of a mild TBI can include the following:

  • Disorientation and/or confusion
  • Short loss of consciousness
  • Vomiting and/or nausea
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and drowsiness
  • Amnesia
  • Blurred vision
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Dizziness and/or loss of balance
  • Constant ringing in the ears
  • Loss of taste and/or smell
  • Sensitivity to sound and/or light
  • Difficulty with concentrating and/or remembering
  • Severe mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty with sensory systems

More serious cases of TBI might cause:

  • Loss of consciousness over several minutes
  • Persistent vomiting and/or nausea
  • Seizures
  • Pupil dilation
  • Coma
  • Lack of coordination
  • Numbness or weakness in extremities
  • Clear fluid leaking from the nose and/or ears
  • Extreme disorientation and/or confusion
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Slurred speech
  • Social isolation

Effects on Daily Life

After suffering a TBI, people often find it difficult to deal with normal daily tasks. These tasks can include necessary things like doing laundry, driving, cooking meals, paying bills, going to the bathroom, eating, and more. Often, people who suffer TBIs need to have a family member or caregiver help them with these tasks. In the best cases, a TBI patient will have a reliable support network. However, assisting a TBI survivor can be a big stress on families, especially if they are busy raising young children or need to take care of another disabled family member at the same time.

Financial Burdens

Initial treatment of a TBI can mean steep medical bills resulting from operations, medications, doctors visits, and other treatments. In addition to dealing with medical bills, TBI survivors often need to make changes in their home. Families may need to install support bars, wheelchair ramps, walk-in bathtubs, and more. On top of all this, families who do not have time to help their disabled loved one may need to hire a full or part-time caregiver. These changes are important in helping survivors live their lives but can be very expensive.

Another important financial stressor that can affect families after a TBI is a loss of income. When an income earner in a household is injured, he or she may no longer be able to work. This can mean the loss of an important source of income and only makes dealing with other costs more difficult. To make matters worse, insurance companies can sometimes refuse to assist families by paying for lost income.

Getting Help

If you or your family member suffered a TBI during a car accident, you might be able to claim recompense from liable parties. A Fairfield car accident lawyer who has ample experience handling brain injury cases will be able to help you know what you may be owed. After explaining details of your case, your attorney can assist you with taking all the necessary steps toward claiming the payments that you deserve from responsible parties.

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