If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident that has resulted in chronic pain and even brain trauma then you’ll already be fully aware of the ongoing daily impact living with these conditions has on you and your family. They can really vary with the severity of symptoms too, ranging from fatigue, stress, anxiety, insomnia, and even impairment of bodily function, longer-term chronic pain, and traumatic brain injuries can present in many different ways.
The following blog will explore just how chronic pain and traumatic brain injuries can impact both your life and your loved ones, after a car accident as well as how your case will be handled from a legal perspective to consider the overall impact on the final settlement.
The impact of chronic pain after an accident
Chronic pain is defined as any pain that goes on longer than 3 months or the ordinary healing time a medical professional would expect (around 12 weeks). People experiencing chronic pain typically sleep much longer than usual and are forced to change their lifestyle as pain management begins to take over. Fatigue is one of the common signs of living with persistent pain, as is insomnia and constant headaches. In fact, chronic pain can display in a range of ways, often affecting cognitive behaviors and causing additional conditions such as anxiety, depression, and even addiction.
Chronic pain is often a debilitating and long-term impact of being involved in a car accident and can manifest in a variety of ways. Often, it can be a ‘hidden’ or invisible pain felt where the physical injury has long healed such as an open wound or broken bone. If you or a loved one s experiencing ongoing pain after an accident, we would always recommend seeking further medical advice.
When reaching a settlement in any accident case, a good attorney will consider all aspects of your ongoing injury and suffering when it comes to chronic pain, including the impact on your personal life when it comes to your financial payout.
Traumatic brain injury after a car accident
Traumatic brain injury is when the brain continues to move forward inside the skull when the body has been suddenly stopped, typically on the impact of hitting another vehicle. As a result of the sudden impact of cars hitting each other, the brain becomes bruised, damaged, and swollen and can even start to bleed.
As with all injuries, the severity and long-term impact of a traumatic brain injury are very individual and can display in many different ways depending on how bad the injury is and even the age of the individual. Some more common symptoms of a brain injury include dizziness, sickness, headaches, and short-term memory loss. Sadly, in other cases, it can cause unconsciousness leaving people in a coma for days or even months, and even more, tragically can cause someone to become severely brain-damaged, making them reliant on 24hour medical care for the rest of their life.
Guiding your family through the aftermath of a car accident
When it comes to legal representation, your lawyer will explain in the best most comprehensive way so a jury can fully understand the impact you and your family have endured. Our own approach at Thompson Law is to explain clearly to a judge what your ‘normal’ life was like before the accident and then share how your life has been changed through chronic pain or even brain trauma endured.
Our team of attorneys is dedicated to recognizing every case where chronic pain or brain trauma has happened as a direct result of a car accident and we’re focused on highlighting the impact this has on your life, moving forward.