The human brain is an incredible organ that is responsible for all of our conscious decisions and unconscious bodily functions that keep us alive, like breathing. Unfortunately, the brain is also delicate, meaning that it is easy to injure in certain circumstances, including situations the average American experiences every day.
Traveling at high speeds inside a metal box is a perfect recipe for a serious brain injury. Between the many surfaces on which you can strike your head and the potential for jarring, shaking motions that could also damage your brain, there are many ways for someone to wind up with a brain injury in a car crash.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can completely change a person's life. From causing physical symptoms that inhibit their movements to issues with memory and changes in mood or personality, the symptoms of TBIs can prove to be problematic for the victim and the people who live or work with them. For some people, a brain injury can also mean the end of their professional career because of their symptoms.
A host of symptoms can impact your work
To do your job, you have to remember certain rules from your employer, as well as processes and safety rules. For many people, academic backgrounds and years of work experience also play a role in the job they perform.
A brain injury can affect your memory and cognitive processing, making it harder for you to make decisions or focus on the job you need to do, in some cases. You may also have trouble accessing critical memories that you need to do your job accurately or safely.
Finally, TBIs can cause changes in personality or mood that may make someone more difficult to work with or otherwise cause issues in the workplace.
Some people with brain injuries can't work at all
It is common for educated and skilled professionals to find that they can no longer fulfill the obligations of their role after a severe brain injury. However, it isn't just highly technical and educated positions that could pose an issue for those living with a brain injury.
Even customer service positions or jobs at retail businesses can be prohibitively difficult because they require fine motor skills or excellent memory. In some cases, brain injuries are so severe that the person who suffered one can likely never return to the workforce.
Given all of the potential consequences, it makes sense that people sometimes seek financial compensation in Pennsylvania after a car accident leaves them with a brain injury. A lawsuit may be necessary, particularly if the other driver does not have enough insurance coverage to offset your financial losses, such as your lost wages.