Anyone can experience a traumatic brain injury. It can happen in a variety of circumstances and is a common result of a car crash.
TBI can be as mild as a concussion or serious enough to require long-term care. However, thousands of people with some level of TBI join the workforce or resume their place in it every year. How will TBI affect your career?
A head injury, even one as mild as a concussion, can disrupt the way your brain functions. Symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, vision issues, difficulty thinking or concentrating, irritability or even changes in your sleep pattern. Some of these symptoms may not appear for hours or even days after a car crash, which is why you should seek prompt medical attention.
Affecting your career
Recovering from TBI can be a slow process in which you learn to deal with emotional and cognitive limitations. You may only need time off to rest. On the other hand, your brain injury may require surgery followed by a program of rehabilitation. Recurring symptoms may make your return to work difficult. You may need special accommodations to help you perform your job.
Filing a claim
If your traumatic brain injury resulted from negligence on the part of another driver, you have a right to file a claim for compensation. The insurer should provide a full and fair settlement to cover your current and future medical costs plus any income you lose as the victim of the car crash. TBI can affect your ability to work for a period of time. However, progress in TBI treatment is ongoing and you can expect the best care available along with the maximum compensation to aid in your recovery.