Symptoms and Statistics: How a Brain Injury in a Car Accident Can Alter Your Life

Suffering a brain injury is more common than some might think. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer a traumatic brain injury every year. In cases of minor injury, such as a mild concussion, the victim will typically recover over the course of 1-2 weeks with rest. Unfortunately, this is not the case with all brain injuries.

If you suffered a head injury in a collision, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may be responsible for your medical costs, lost wages, future treatment needs, and pain and suffering. Contact the Law Office of Kenneth E. Berger today to speak to a car accident attorney accepting cases in Columbia, Greenville, and across South Carolina.

Brain Injury Symptoms

In some cases, victims who suffer these injuries in a car wreck may be completely unaware of the harm. In fact, brain trauma often goes undiagnosed by emergency room doctors. Symptoms of traumatic brain injuries vary greatly, and you may not realize you sustained such an injury until days later.

Possible symptoms include:

  • headaches and migraines;
  • fatigue;
  • depression or anxiety;
  • double vision, blurred vision or blindness;
  • decrease in cognitive skills;
  • slurred speech or other speech impediments;
  • seizures;
  • disorientation;
  • inability to focus;
  • mood swings;
  • memory loss;
  • loss of smell; and
  • loss of taste.

TBI Injures by Age

Dependent upon age, a person may be more or less likely to sustain a TBI and therefore incur a change in their quality of life.

How likely is it for someone in your age-group to sustain a TBI in an accident?

  • Children aged 0 to 4 years, older adolescents aged 15 to 19 years, and adults aged 65 years and older are most likely to sustain a TBI.
  • Almost half a million (473,947) emergency department visits for TBI are made annually by children aged 0 to 14 years.
  • Adults aged 75 years and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalization.

Getting Help from a Car Accident Attorney in South Carolina

Did you suffer a brain injury after a car accident? Legally, the negligent driver’s insurance company may be required to compensate you for the damages you’ve incurred.

A claim could garner you compensation for damages such as:

  • health care costs – both now and in the future;
  • lost income and earning capacity;
  • pain, physical suffering and mental anguish;
  • lost quality of life or enjoyment of life; and
  • lost household services.

This is not a complete list of damages that may be recovered, and much will depend on the circumstances of each individual case. For instance, you may be due punitive damages if the at-fault driver was particularly reckless or careless in causing your accident. These damages are intended to punish the driver for his or her behavior and to discourage future events.

Learn more about filing a claim for your injury by calling our personal injury firm today at 803-790-2800 or by contacting us via the live chat box below. You do not have to feel alone after your brain injury. We are here to help.

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Columbia, South Carolina car accident and personal injury attorney dedicated to securing justice for clients