You didn’t expect to become the victim of a serious car crash. No one ever does. Unfortunately, your injuries were extensive. You have serious head and neck injuries caused by the collision. You’re not sure how the future is going to look for you.
Head and back injuries are among the most serious injuries that result from car crashes. They can range from concussions to whiplash to skull fractures. The kind of injury you have may give you an idea of what to expect, but your personal experiences may vary from what other patients have gone through.
When you suffer a serious injury, one thing you’ll want to do is to be open with your medical providers about what outcome you can expect. It may take time for them to be able to explain your condition and the speed of your recovery, because the first few months are when most of your recovery will be made. Until you reach a point where your body slows down its healing, your medical provider may not want to give you a firm answer.
With traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), mild TBIs usually heal more quickly than moderate TBIs. Severe TBIs may not fully heal or may cause lasting disabilities. With a mild TBI, most people will see complete healing and a return to normal brain function within three months. With moderate cases, the likelihood is that patients will recover most or all of their brain function, but they may need assistance such as:
- Speech therapy
- Language therapy
- Psychological services
- Social services
- Physical therapy
In acute cases, providers may have a harder time predicting a patient’s likelihood of recovery. The medical team will make decisions and set up treatments based on the area of the brain that is injured, the length of time you were in a coma or other factors that affect the case. Long-term effects of severe TBIs tend to increase with the severity of the injury and length of recovery.
It’s okay to wait until your condition stabilizes and you reach a point where you are no longer improving rapidly to speak with your attorney about settling and finalizing a legal claim. You should start the claim as soon as you can after an injury, but you may need more information, such as medical records over the course of months, to make your case for a settlement that is fair to you in the long term.