If you are involved in an auto accident and suffer a brain injury, you may have a number of serious symptoms to contend with. Those symptoms will range based on where the brain was injured. You may have trouble with your sight if you hit the back of your head or struggle with movement or concentration if other areas were hurt.
Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of brain injuries, so if you’re hit, make sure you seek out medical care. Your brain injury may have an impact on your overall health in a few ways that you can read about below.
Brain injuries impact your intelligence
Did you know that a brain injury can cause a drop in your IQ? Usually, this so-called “intelligence loss” will rectify itself, but losing your memory and ability to connect them to skills will have an impact on your life at least in the short-term. You may also find it hard to take in new information and recall it.
Brain injuries may change how you learn
Depending on how your brain is injured, it may be difficult for you to understand or remember new material. You may need to change how you learn, such as by using repetitive patterns or keeping notebooks, so that you can remember what you’re learning. Memory problems, attention problems and difficulty concentrating are all issues that may make it harder for you to learn something new after an accident.
Is it possible to overcome a brain injury?
The answer to that really relies on knowing which kind of injury you have. As your brain heals, you may find that you recover some of your old skills or are better able to retain new information. Cognitive rehabilitation exercises will also help you improve. Short-term memory games and organization activities may also be a part of your therapy.
After a crash, remember that you can hold the at-fault driver liable if you are injured and need medical care. They can be held responsible for causing your injuries and be asked to cover the cost of your ongoing care, lost wages and more.