Along with falls, motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of traumatic brain injuries or TBI.
A serious brain injury can lead to lifelong impairment on some level, but a focused rehabilitation program helps to reprogram the brain and improve cognitive processes.
What happens to the brain
During a car crash, the victim’s head could strike the steering wheel or windshield. This kind of impact can cause a serious blow to the brain, known as a closed traumatic brain injury. Damage to the brain cells may wipe out the victim’s ability to remember how to go about tasks as simple as walking, eating or even moving from a sitting to a standing position.
What rehabilitation accomplishes
Brain damage can result in memory, speaking and attention problems, among others. Exercises learned through rehabilitation and repeated on a continuing basis help the patient relearn basic skills. They also help to improve communication, concentration and similar cognitive functions. Physical therapy will help the patient resolve any physical issues and adjust to limitations.
What the victim can expect
A car crash is a common cause of TBI, and the victim faces cognitive repercussions that can last a lifetime. The victim may not be able to work again but still has a family to care for. And of course, there are ongoing medical expenses. A rehabilitation program can be a tremendous help and so can financial assistance. As the injured survivor of a vehicle crash, the victim has the right to expect full and fair compensation to cover current and future medical expenses and more.