If you suffered a brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, its impact on your daily life will depend on a variety of factors unique to you, including your age at the time of injury, whether you had previous concussions or other pre-existing health issues, and the type of treatment you receive in the recovery period following the car accident that caused your brain injury. That being said, one of the largest factors in how a brain injury will affect daily life is the severity of the brain injury (for example, a mild concussion vs. a catastrophic brain injury).
How a mild traumatic brain injury may affect daily life
If a motor vehicle accident causes a mild traumatic brain injury (“mTBI”) such as a concussion the accident victim may experience symptoms such as headaches, tiredness, dizziness, and nausea. Memory loss and difficulty concentrating are also commonly reported side effects of a mild traumatic brain injury. Those symptoms are likely to hinder the ability to work and carry out normal daily activities (for example, parenting responsibilities, exercise or recreational activities, and housekeeping tasks). During the recovery period, the pace of day-to-day life will need to slow down as rest is essential to allow the brain to heal. The accident victim will also need to develop tools and strategies to cope with symptoms that make daily tasks difficult. Strategies include making reminder lists, using a calendar or day timer, avoiding deadlines, and working on only one task at a time.
How a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury may affect daily life
When a motor vehicle accident causes a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, affects on daily life can be long-lasting, and in some cases, permanent. A moderate to severe traumatic brain injury can cause impairments such as speech and language difficulties; cognitive and processing issues; loss of vision, hearing or other senses; and motor deficits. Impact on daily life may include problems walking, talking, eating or swallowing; loss of fine motor skills (for tasks such as buttoning a shirt); and impaired ability to make and carry out plans. A person who has sustained a moderate to severe brain injury will need medical support during the rehabilitation process to re-learn basic functions and implement compensatory strategies to simplify the tasks they have difficulty with. This is especially true in cases where the motor vehicle accident causes other injuries in addition to a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. An accident victim who sustains catastrophic injuries (for example, a brain injury as well as paraplegia or quadriplegia) will need assistive devices such as a wheelchair or walker and will have to learn to cope with life-changing challenges on a daily basis.
Get help with your ICBC claim from a top Vancouver brain injury lawyer
Recovery following a brain injury is possible, but many accident victims will face life-long challenges that require them to adapt and adjust to a new reality – particularly where the motor vehicle accident has caused a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. If you have an ICBC claim and believe you suffered a brain injury, contact Simpson, Thomas & Associates at (604) 239-2943 to request a free consultation. As a legal firm with 50 years of experience in personal injury, we work to ensure clients get the best medical treatment and fair compensation for sustained injuries. We have considerable experience handling claims involving traumatic brain injuries, ranging from concussions/mTBI to severe traumatic brain injuries. Our highly experienced Vancouver personal injury lawyers will assist you in getting the help you need and develop your claim against ICBC to get the compensation you deserve.