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Coping with Traumatic Brain Injuries After Car Accidents

Coping with Traumatic Brain Injuries After Car AccidentsPhoenix is a rapidly expanding city that has experienced significant cultural growth over the past decade. However, with the positive developments, there has also been a negative consequence – an increase in car accidents.

According to Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in 2020, Phoenix witnessed 40,833 car crashes; this is nearly 5,000 more crashes than in 2020.

Apart from the potentially severe orthopedic injuries that can occur, car crashes pose a particular risk to the human brain. Though the skull and its protective layer of tissue offer some defense against forceful impacts on the brain, these protections have their limits. Accidents that involve impacts to the skull or sudden whiplash can lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The consequences of your car accident and subsequent TBI can be long-term, which affects your quality of life and imposes financial burdens upon you and your family.

What is TBI?

TBI occurs when a sudden, forceful impact disrupts the brain, causing it to collide with the inner skull. While there is a weblike cushioning layer lining the inner skull, called the subarachnoid space, direct blows to the head or whiplash often break through this protection and your brain still suffers dangerous trauma.

TBI severity can vary from mild to severe. No matter how mild it may seem, it is of the utmost importance that you seek medical attention after an incident where you feel you may have suffered a TBI. Even seemingly minor symptoms can lead to permanent damage if untreated. Those with a primary TBI are more vulnerable to future traumas, potentially causing lifelong physical and cognitive issues. Recognizing long-term consequences is crucial for appropriate care and support.

Therapy for dealing with the physical and cognitive effects of TBI

If you have suffered a head injury in a motor vehicle crash, you should probably get evaluated by a neurologist. That doctor may order an MRI to evaluate potential damage to your brain.

The collision of the brain with the walls of your skull can lead to serious, long-lasting consequences. Effects of TBIs include chronic pain, balance issues and motor control problems. Physical (PT) and occupational (OT) therapy will likely play crucial roles in your recovery process, as the physical effects can severely impact mobility and daily activities. PT is vital in managing and reducing chronic pain, improving balance and coordination, and increasing strength and flexibility. OT focuses on enhancing your ability to perform daily tasks and regain independence, even with physical limitations.

By developing personalized strategies and exercises, physical and occupational therapy can help patients regain their functional abilities, boost their self-confidence and restore a sense of control over their lives.

The cognitive effects of TBIs, such as difficulties with memory, attention, concentration, problem-solving and decision-making, can significantly impede your ability to function independently. Through specialized therapy, patients can work on cognitive exercises and strategies that aid in memory retention, attention focus and problem-solving skills, ultimately helping you regain your maximum possible cognitive function.

Dealing with the emotional effects of long-term TBIs

Traumatic brain injuries can also take a profound emotional toll on victims as well as their families and loved ones.

However, seeking cognitive-behavioral therapy and counseling can be a positive step in dealing with the inevitable emotional challenges that come along with TBI. By addressing the emotional effects of long-term TBIs, you can enhance overall quality of life, foster better relationships, and reduce the sense of isolation in your situation. Remember, seeking the right support and care can make a significant difference in navigating your emotional journey of recovery after a TBI.

If you’re looking for a support group or other resources for living with TBIU, the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona may be able to help. They provide a list of in-person and virtual groups you can join.

Can your Phoenix car accident attorneys help me?

Traumatic brain injuries can also have a significant financial toll. Dealing with the financial burdens of long-term TBIs can be overwhelming. The extensive costs of medical treatments, rehabilitation and ongoing therapy can quickly pile up, straining both you and your loved ones. Additionally, the impact on employment and career progression can be profound, as you may no longer be able to perform job duties due to physical or cognitive impacts of your injury. This effect on career adds further stress to an already difficult situation.

With that, after you suffer a TBI from a car accident there are two immediate steps you should take. First, seek medical attention, even if symptoms feel mild. Second, seek the counsel of a dedicated Phoenix injury lawyer. Injuries arising from the negligence of others are compensable under Arizona law. Or, to put it more plainly, if someone else’s negligence caused your TBI, you can seek damages from that liable party. Those damages may include:

  • All medical costs, including those associated with future care
  • All lost wages, including a loss of future earning potential as well as wages lost by family caregivers
  • Costs for services required, such as home health aides, transportation costs (including car repairs), and educational costs if applicable
  • Pain and suffering, both physical and emotional

At Plattner and Verderame, P.C., we understand what challenges you face. Our partners are Board Certified Specialists in Personal Injury litigation; we know how to fight for your rights after your car accident. Our dedicated team of car accident injury attorneys will examine all pertinent evidence and form a strong case on your behalf. Read our testimonials to see how we have helped your Phoenix and Tempe neighbors in similar situations.

The trusted team of attorneys at Plattner Verderame, P.C. will handle the legal side as you focus on recovery and rehabilitation. We are here to help, with offices in Phoenix and Tempe. Call or  contact us today for your free consultation.