Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are common in car accidents due to the force of the impact of a collision, as well as objects inside and outside of the vehicle that can deliver a blow to the head. Vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are all at risk, and the effects can be severe. If you have suffered a TBI in a car crash or any other situation involving another person’s negligence, a personal injury lawsuit can help you recover compensation.
Mental and Physical Effects of Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries range from minor concussions to severe trauma that causes permanent brain damage or death. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may be experiencing some or all of the following:
- Memory loss, including difficulty remembering events from before the injury or forming new memories after the injury
- Effects on cognitive processing, including the ability to learn, reason, and organize thoughts
- Impaired speech and communication, either related to muscle control, the ability to process language, or the ability to recognize social cues
- Difficulty regulating emotions, resulting in mood swings and, in some cases, mental illness such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder
- Fatigue and sleep problems, including insomnia, irregular sleep patterns, or a general lack of energy
- Effects on senses, including vision problems and light and noise sensitivity
- Headaches, which may recur chronically after the injury
- Effects on balance and coordination, due to effects on parts of the brain that control muscles or senses
TBIs and their effects can be immediately noticeable, and in some cases, they may improve over time as you recover and respond to treatment. However, some effects only manifest themselves later on. It is important to pay close attention to your health in the weeks and months after your injury to identify any new symptoms, and you will want to notify your doctor promptly so that your condition can be diagnosed, documented, and treated.
The possibly wide-ranging effects of a traumatic brain injury can also increase the amount of damages you may be able to pursue and recover. A personal injury claim can include compensation for all relevant medical expenses, as well as losses due to your inability to work and damages related to your pain and suffering and the effects of the injuries on your day-to-day life and your family.
Contact a Green Bay, WI Brain Injury Lawyer
If you have a traumatic brain injury, you need an attorney who can help you fight for the full compensation you deserve. For a free consultation with an experienced Appleton personal injury attorney, contact the Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. at 920-739-7366.