If you suffer a serious brain injury in a car crash, it is important you understand the possible total cost to you when seeking compensation. One thing to consider is that your injury could leave you unable to work. At least for some time.
Here is why:
Depending on the part of the brain affected and the severity of the brain injury, a car accident victim may experience communication problems. This may involve slow and slurred speech, affecting your ability to get work or communicate clearly with colleagues, clients and bosses. This may reflect badly on your work performance and hamper your chances of getting promoted.
It’s not uncommon for car accident victims to experience forgetfulness after a crash. Usually, swelling inside the brain due to trauma can restrict the flow of information, but even after the swelling reduces, for some people, the memories never resurface. Being unable to recall things could hinder your ability to perform the tasks a role requires.
A severe brain injury can cause paralysis. When the part of the brain that controls muscles gets damaged, it may cause poor communication between the brain and muscles. This may leave a portion of the body paralyzed. If this happens, you may be unable to continue performing your old job and may need to find other employment.
If you or a loved one suffered a brain injury in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another, you might be eligible to file a claim for lost earning capacity.