A common injury in a car accident is a brain injury. Learn about the costly treatments you may need and how compensation from the negligent driver can help.

Treatments Options for Devastating Brain Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents

One of the most serious injuries a car accident victim can suffer is a brain injury. These can be life-threatening and can cause permanent disability. Brain injuries can lead to serious long-term medical problems, life-long disabilities, and the need for ongoing medical care. This can affect the rest of a victim’s life and cause huge changes in the lives of family members as well. Obtaining the compensation that a victim deserves from the negligent driver is essential to help pay for the expensive medical treatments needed and to replace wages that are lost—sometimes permanently.

What Are Treatments That Accident Victims May Need for a Brain Injury?

Brain injuries are caused when the brain is shaken inside the skull or by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head due to the force of the impact in a car accident. Some common brain injuries suffered in car accidents are concussions, subdural hematoma—which is the collection of blood outside the brain that puts dangerous pressure on the brain—skull fractures, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents are the third leading cause of TBI-related deaths. For victims who survive, traumatic brain injury can cause life-long changes to a person’s mobility, vision, hearing, memory, concentration, reasoning abilities, and emotions.

While some symptoms of brain injuries will be immediately apparent, other symptoms may take days or weeks to develop. Some of the symptoms of a brain injury are headaches, confusion, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, seizures, and loss of consciousness. There are a wide-range of treatments and some may be needed on a long-term basis. Treatments that car accident victims could need include:

  • Emergency care. If the brain injury is severe, a person could need emergency medical treatments to ensure that he has sufficient oxygen and blood flow to the brain, maintains blood pressure, and to minimize brain damage from the injury, bleeding, and inflammation of the brain.
  • Medications. A victim could be given diuretics to reduce fluid retention in the brain tissues and reduce pressure on the brain. Because victims with TBI are at risk of seizures, anti-seizure medications may be given for the first week. In very serious cases, patients may be given coma-inducing drugs to temporarily reduce the need for oxygen to the brain.
  • Surgery. Emergency surgery could be needed to remove clotted blood caused by hematomas, repair skull fractures, and to relieve pressure on the brain.
  • Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is a huge part of treatment when a TBI causes permanent changes to his brain functioning. The duration of treatment will depend on the severity of the injury and can help a person relearn basic skills, such as walking and talking. In addition, the goal of treatment is to help the victim develop skills so that he can perform daily activities and cope with the limitations caused by his brain injury. A person could need treatment from a variety of these specialists: psychiatrist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech therapist, social worker, neuropsychologist, vocational counselor, TBI nurse specialist, and more.

If you suffered a brain injury in an auto wreck caused by a negligent driver, you could be entitled to compensation for the expensive medical treatments you will need, lost wages and lost earning capacity damages if you are disabled, and for the emotional trauma, pain, and suffering that you experienced. However, you will need the assistance of an experienced car accident attorney to obtain the compensation you deserve. Fill out our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about your legal options.