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Long-term effects are possible after a brain injury

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents - Plaintiff |

Someone who gets involved in a motor vehicle crash is at risk for numerous severe injuries. One of these is a brain injury, which is possible even if they don’t suffer a hit to the head. Anyone who is in a wreck should be vigilant about watching for signs of an injury.

There are many signs of a brain injury that can occur. These include having a headache that won’t go away and changes to the senses. Some people may experience altered sleeping habits, memory problems or issues with the ability to communicate. These symptoms are typically short-term, but there are also long-term impacts that might occur.

What long-term impacts might happen?

Mental health changes are sometimes found decades after the initial injury. These can be worsened if there’s more than one injury to the same area of the person’s brain. In some cases, other areas of the brain can compensate for the injured part. This might be possible for a while but, as the brain deteriorates as the person ages, the impacts can get more pronounced.

One condition that’s only diagnosed after death is chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This condition is the result of multiple concussions. It can cause impulsive behavior, emotional instability and aggression. It’s also associated with suicidal thoughts and actions.

People who are involved in a car wreck can suffer from a head injury, which is an expensive injury to deal with. There are medical appointments and other effects that can be hard to handle. Victims may choose to seek compensation for their injuries. This can help them to recover the costs of medical care, lost wages and other damages. Time limits for personal injury claims are written into California law, so don’t waste time getting things moving forward.

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