In December, a 12-year-old San Antonio girl spoke for the first time since a car accident that happened in May 2019. The crash had left her with a traumatic brain injury that affected her speech and ability to walk, and this recent development has been a source of hope and inspiration for the girl, her family, and her community.
This story can provide hope for recovery to other car accident victims, but it also serves as a reminder that the road to recovery can be long, and that car accident injuries can have a major impact on your daily life. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have especially severe effects on both physical and mental health and abilities.
The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs include concussions and other injuries that result from a forceful impact or jolt to the head, such as the impact of a vehicle collision. They can affect speech and language in different ways. For example, the injury may affect the area of the brain that controls the muscles involved in speech, resulting in speech that is slurred or slower than usual. Alternatively, the injury could affect the mental processes involved in speech, making it difficult to pronounce words consistently, find the correct words to use, or understand the speech of other people.
Beyond impaired speech, traumatic brain injuries can have a variety of other physical and mental effects, including:
- Loss of consciousness or awareness of surroundings
- Difficulty concentrating or organizing thoughts
- Impaired memory or learning abilities
- Inability to interpret social cues
- Irregular moods and difficulty controlling emotions
- Sleep interruptions or irregularities
- Anxiety and depression
- Light and noise sensitivity
- Headaches, nausea, and dizziness
- Impaired vision, balance, and coordination
Recovering Damages for Brain Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may be entitled to compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. These can include the costs of emergency care, treatment, and rehabilitation, but also lost wages if your injuries impair your work abilities, and pain and suffering damages if the effects of your injuries impede your daily life, relationships, and mental state. An attorney can advise you as to a fair amount of compensation to pursue.
Contact a New Braunfels Car Accident Lawyer
At The Bettersworth Law Firm, we know that car accidents involving traumatic brain injuries are some of the most difficult to recover from, and we can help you achieve the compensation you need to assist with your recovery and hold a negligent driver accountable. For a free consultation, contact a New Braunfels, TX personal injury attorney at 830-443-9193.