A motor vehicle accident places you at risk of many types of injuries. However, among the most devastating and life-changing injuries you can suffer is a brain injury. Without even striking your head, you may suffer damage to your brain if the collision is violent enough.
Since the brain controls the functions in every system in your body, an injury can leave you struggling to regain the life you had before the accident. Depending on the severity of your injury and its location in your brain, that struggle may be difficult, intense and expensive.
Signs of brain trauma
Following a motor vehicle accident, Louisiana emergency responders and medical professionals will be alert for signs that you suffered an injury to the brain, especially if there is evidence that you struck your head on something during the collision. Some of the signs the signs doctors may look for include:
- Loss of consciousness at any time during or after the accident, even for a brief moment
If there is an obvious head injury or penetration, doctors may take measures immediately to protect the brain from further damage.
What to expect
After the initial diagnosis of a brain injury, you may have a long recovery. A mild injury may require little more than rest and pain management, but even a minor injury to the brain may leave you with long-term consequences, such as visual disturbance, balance issues or delayed symptoms. Moderate to severe trauma can be debilitating, meaning you may require constant care, perhaps for the rest of your life. You and your family may have to plan for the possibility that you may need any of the following:
- Extended hospitalization
- Medication for pain, insomnia, anxiety and other consequences
- Help with routine tasks like bathing, dressing and feeding yourself
- Intense therapy to regain your mobility and independence
- Retraining to regain any cognitive functions you may have lost, such as speech and communication skills
- Supportive equipment, such as a walker, wheelchair or hospital bed
- Psychological counseling for dealing with the dramatic change you have experienced
Naturally, the care you will need will not be cheap. In fact, you and your family may spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide you with the most effective medical care you deserve to sustain a positive quality of life. For help with these expenses, you may have to exhaust every possible source of funding, and a skilled legal advocate can provide the assistance you need to meet your goals.