There are currently people in California and beyond who are recovering from severe injuries. In many cases, these injuries were caused by motor vehicle collisions. While the force of an impact in a car accident can result in a number of different types of injuries, one that is always a great risk is traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can have lasting effects on a person for the rest of his or her life.
TBI is not always immediately apparent after a car accident
One of the reasons it is important to seek medical attention after being involved in a collision is because there may be a TBI or other internal injury that is not immediately apparent. It is possible to suffer a brain injury but still be able to speak, walk and think reasonably coherently after a car crash. Emergency room doctors know what types of tests to order to determine if a TBI has occurred.
The recovery process can be difficult
Learning to live with a TBI can be stressful and challenging in many ways. A person might experience severe cognitive delay, which means that he or she may not be able to focus, to think clearly or to make decisions, use reasoning ability, and do other typical tasks that the average person is able to perform on a daily basis. Especially for someone who regularly uses cognitive skills in his or her career, for instance, adapting to life with significant cognitive delays can be frustrating and upsetting for a TBI patient. Also, his or her loved ones may be unsure what to do or say to provide support.
Recognizing symptoms and reaching out for support
It is imperative to closely monitor the condition of someone who was recently involved in a motor vehicle collision and know how to recognize TBI symptoms. The treatment and care necessary to help a TBI patient recover are expensive, which can intensify the aftermath distress of a car accident. It is good to know that California law allows a recovering accident victim to file a personal injury claim in a civil court when there is evidence that another person’s negligence was a direct cause of damages that occurred.