Brain Injury Symptoms After a Car Accident
By Team at Zimmet & Zimmet, In Personal injury
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that car accidents are a leading cause of brain injuries in the United States. Only falls are responsible for more brain injuries each year. Additionally, brain injuries are far more likely to affect adolescent car accident survivors.
Parents and teenage drivers should be aware of the following brain injury symptoms after a car accident.
Symptoms of a Brain Bleed After a Car Accident
Internal bleeding is a serious health issue, but especially if it affects the brain. Intracranial bleeding can lead to a permanent disability or death if it is not promptly treated. Even worse, the symptoms of an intracranial bleed may not be apparent immediately after a car accident. Watch for symptoms that include:
- Unequal pupil size
- Slurred speech
Symptoms of a Concussion After a Car Accident
Concussions are a common type of brain injury after a car accident. Symptoms of a concussion can even persist for weeks after the initial injury. Concussion symptoms after a car accident include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurry vision
- Loss of consciousness
Symptoms that persist after the accident include trouble concentrating, depression, insomnia and anxiety. Depending on the severity of the injury and other factors, these symptoms could persist for weeks or even months.
Frequent concussions can put you at risk for developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of neurodegenerative brain disease.
Complications Caused by a Brain Injury After a Car Accident
Severe brain injuries can lead to permanent disabilities. Aphasia is a great example. This is a condition that affects a person’s ability to read, talk and understand language. Additional long-term complications include impaired executive function (decision-making) as well as problems with coordination and movement.
Memory problems are also a common long-term complication experienced by accident survivors with severe brain injuries.
Short and long-term brain injury complications can keep accidents survivors from working and may limit or eliminate career opportunities. Complications could lead to a loss of income and future earning capacity.
Many accident survivors with serious complications also experience a decline in their quality of life. Family members also experience severe emotional hardship when a loved one suffers from serious complications.
Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer for a Brain Injury?
Serious brain injuries are a type of “catastrophic injury”, meaning that it significantly affects your quality of life and keeps you from ever being able to obtain employment. It is not uncommon for a serious brain injury to lead to millions of dollars in lifetime expenses. This is why you need an attorney.
Compensation from a settlement or verdict can help pay for expenses caused by a brain injury. Specifically, a settlement or verdict can help you pay for medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, costs related to pain and suffering, lost income and loss of future earnings.
Insurance companies may try to limit the amount of compensation you can receive by claiming you were at fault for the accident. An attorney can help you avoid this outcome by using expert medical testimony, an accident reconstruction specialist and by taking witness depositions.
Call Our Car Accident Attorney in Daytona Beach
Our personal injury law firm has extensive experience with car accident claims, including those that involve serious injuries. You can learn more about our experience with car accident cases on our website.
The attorneys at Zimmet & Zimmet P.L. offer free consultations. If you have questions about brain injury compensation, then give us a call at (386) 255-6400. You can also reach us by using the contact form on our website.