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Cognitive Impairment After Car Accident

Submitted by Elizabeth V on Thu, 01/19/2023 - 10:51

If you are ever involved in a car accident, you may experience a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Unfortunately, TBIs may cause victims to struggle with various cognitive impairments.

Hopefully, this will never happen to you, but if it does (or already has), it is important to understand that you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your injuries. Such compensation can help you cover the costs of your medical treatment and also help replace your lost wages if your injuries have left you unable to work. Depending on the circumstances, you may even receive compensation for certain non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.

What Cognitive Impairments Can Occur After a Car Accident?

It is not uncommon for car accident victims to sustain injuries resulting in head trauma. This can lead to a range of cognitive impairments which may significantly impact a victim’s quality of life as well as their ability to work.

Examples of cognitive problems that could result from a concussion or similar head injury that a victim can sustain in a car accident include:

  • Speech/hearing difficulties
  • Vision problems
  • Short-term memory loss, long-term memory loss, or both
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

What Can I Do If I Have a Cognitive Problem After a Car Crash?

Are you struggling with cognitive impairments after sustaining a head injury in a car accident? If so, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation accordingly. To improve your chances of securing the compensation for which you may be eligible, it is important that you take the following steps:

  • Seek medical attention. You must do this the day of your accident, even if you don’t notice any signs of injury. This is because, at the time of your accident, it is possible that you have sustained an injury without developing symptoms yet. By seeing a doctor right away, you can establish that any future impairment you struggle with resulted from your car accident injuries.
  • Keep copies of any relevant documentation related to your condition and the medical treatment you have received. This may include tests, scans, invoices, doctor’s notes, and any documentation that illustrates the cost of your accident.
  • Gather any documentation illustrating the cost of vehicle damage, such as tow truck receipts, invoices for car repairs, etc.
  • Collect any, and all, evidence you may have from the scene of the crash, such as pictures, witness statements (or witness contact information if you didn’t take their statements), videos, police reports, a car accident diagram, etc.

Be aware that insurance companies are not always inclined to pay car accident victims the full amount of compensation they deserve when they file claims for cognitive impairments. This is one of many reasons to strongly consider hiring a lawyer. With a legal expert on your side, your chances of securing fair compensation may improve substantially.

Get Help With Your Car Crash Claim

Motor vehicle accidents are among the top causes of head injury and trauma in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you are a victim of a car accident resulting in cognitive difficulties, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation. For more information about your legal options, complete the Free Case Evaluation on this page to get connected with an independent, participating attorney who subscribes to the website.

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