A New Orleans car accident can change your life and the lives of your family members dramatically in just a few seconds. A car crash can result in debilitating injuries that require major changes in your lifestyle. When another party is responsible for the car crash, Louisiana personal injury laws allow you to seek compensation for your damages and injuries. If you suffered a traumatic brain injury because of the accident, those damages could be substantial. Our New Orleans car accident attorneys can help you file a claim seeking payment for your medical bills, lost wages, and other personal injury damages.
Long-Term Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused when your head strikes an object during a car accident, such as the dashboard, window or steering wheel. A penetrating head injury can also cause a TBI. Some cases of TBI are mild and do not have long-term effects that impair the victim’s ability to return to a normal daily routine. However, some victims suffer permanent injuries and impairments because of a vehicle-related TBI.
Four of the potential long-term effects of a TBI include:
- Long-term Medical and/or Personal Care
A TBI can cause impairments and disabilities that may require extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation. In addition, you may require ongoing personal care if the TBI resulted in a cognitive or physical impairment that makes it difficult to care for yourself.
- Changes in Lifestyle
Depending on the impairment or disability caused by TBI, your lifestyle could be negatively impacted. You may not be able to perform the same tasks as you did before the car accident or you may not be able to participate in the same activities as before the crash.
- Loss of Wages and Earning Capacity
In addition to medical bills, lost income can be substantial for a TBI victim if he or she is unable to return to work because of the injury. Our New Orleans brain injury attorneys can help you file a claim for lost wages and future lost wages. In addition, if the impairment caused by the TBI does not allow you to perform the same work as before the accident, you may also be entitled to compensation for a loss of earning capacity.
- Quality of Life
A TBI can cause speech, vision, or hearing loss or impairment. It may result in partial or total impairment of one or more bodily functions. In addition, a TBI can cause a loss of memory and a decrease in concentration and focus. If you suffer a long-term disability, you may need to make changes in your style of living. The long-term effects can also have an impact on your family’s income as your spouse, or other relatives must adjust their work schedules to provide personal care.
Contact a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney
A brain injury can have a significant impact on your life and the lives of your family members. Our NoLA car accident lawyers can help you file a claim to hold the driver responsible for the accident liable for your damages.