Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most severe outcomes of car crashes, and their impact can be devastating for the victim and their loved ones. TBIs are often called invisible injuries, unlike broken bones or cuts, which are readily visible, because they can’t always be detected through standard medical imaging.
The possible complications arising from TBIs are wide-ranging and can affect every aspect of an individual’s life. Given that the brain is the body’s control center, even a minor disruption can have significant effects.
Cognitive impairment is just the tip of the iceberg
Many people who suffer a TBI experience a decline in cognitive functions. This may include memory loss, decreased attention span and difficulties with problem-solving. Routine tasks can become challenging, which may affect a person’s ability to work, engage in social activities and even perform simple daily chores.
Physical symptoms can be debilitating
Beyond cognitive issues, TBIs often manifest physically. Symptoms can range from persistent headaches and dizziness to more severe complications like seizures. These physical symptoms can interfere with daily activities and often require ongoing medical treatment, which can be time-consuming and costly.
Emotional and psychological toll
Many victims experience significant emotional and psychological challenges, including depression, anxiety and mood swings. Relationships can suffer, as loved ones may not fully understand the depth of the TBI’s impact on personality and behavior.
Financial burdens add to the strain
The treatment for TBI is often long-term and may involve various specialists, medications, and possibly even surgical interventions. This can place a heavy financial burden on victims and their families.
The loss of income due to the inability to work only compounds this financial strain, making recovery even more challenging. Seeking compensation if the injury was due to someone else’s negligence may help to offset this so that you can focus on healing.