Any time you have ridden any type of open-air vehicle like a bicycle, motorcycle or ATV, you likely wore a helmet because you understood the importance of protecting your head and brain from injury. It may never have crossed your mind to wear a helmet inside a car or truck because the outer body of the vehicle would offer protection. However, you may have learned the hard way that you can suffer a serious brain injury even inside a car.
If another driver caused an accident that involved your vehicle, you may have hit your head on various parts of the vehicle or perhaps even been struck by debris. In any case, you now have a long road ahead working to recover from your brain injury.
In general, the first six months after a traumatic brain injury see the most improvement. Individuals may go from various states of consciousness to regaining certain abilities. Improvements can continue to occur at a relatively steady rate for the first two years after the injury, but after that time period, a considerable decrease in observable improvements occurs. Of course, your situation will differ from anyone else's, which means your time of recovery will also.
Even after two years of working toward recovery, you may continue to face difficulties leading to personal impacts. Studies show that many who suffer brain injuries continue to need supervision and care even after reaching this point. In fact, the following statistics shed light on living arrangements and employment two years post-TBI:
- 34 percent of people need to have some supervision.
- 34 percent live with a spouse or other romantic partner.
- 29 percent live with their parents.
- 93 percent live in a private residence rather than a care home or hospital setting.
- 33 percent have jobs.
When it comes to the physical impacts of the injury, doctors can have a difficult time predicting the effects a person will suffer. Testing often cannot always show the true extent of the injury, and some symptoms do not show up until days or even weeks after the injury has occurred.
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a car accident, you likely already know that you will face many personal, health-related and financial struggles. Fortunately, you do not have to contend with these hardships on your own. You could file a personal injury claim against the driver considered at fault in hopes of gaining compensation for damages resulting from the incident.