If you are involved in a car accident or slip and fall accident and hit your head on the dash, window or even the floor when you fall, there is a possibility you will experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
While some TBIs, such as concussions, are relatively mild and don’t result in any serious or long-term issues, others are more severe. A more serious TBI may impact you and your family for months, years or even the rest of your life.
Potential long-term physical issues caused by TBIs
Serious TBIs can result in long-term physical issues. For example, they can reduce your coordination or create problems with balance and weakness. You may find it challenging to participate in sports and be unable to participate in other activities you enjoyed before your accident. It’s not uncommon for TBI victims to become fatigued quickly when participating in any physical activity for a certain amount of time.
Potential long-term cognitive issues caused by TBIs
TBIs can also result in problems with your thinking skills, including remembering information, concentrating and paying attention. You may think and speak more slowly than you used to and become confused when your normal routine changes. For some, the ability to live independently is no longer possible because of the injury.
Protecting your rights after an accident caused TBI
If an accident causes TBI, it may be possible to hold the at-fault party liable for your injuries. Learning what legal options you have is beneficial in this situation. Due to the significant impact this injury can have on your life, it’s important to take steps to recover compensation if possible. This will help you cover the costs of ongoing medical treatment and other needs that arise due to the TBI.